32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Orlando, Florida
Fly:  16 h
1
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
4
Playas del Coco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Nicoya
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
7
Montezuma
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1 h
8
Jaco
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
9
Quepos
— 2 nights
Drive:  15 min
10
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
11
Carate
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
12
Puerto Jimenez
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
13
Pavones
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h
14
San Jose
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h
End: Orlando, Florida

2
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
On the 5th (Thu), take a stroll through Multiplaza and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles). Here are some ideas for day two: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then identify plant and animal life at Toucan Rescue Ranch.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose travel itinerary planner.

Orlando, USA to San Jose is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Orlando in July: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 80°F and lows are around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Jose

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, Multiplaza, Toucan Rescue Ranch
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk, and finally meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde tour itinerary planner.

Getting from San Jose to Monteverde by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

1
night
La Fortuna de San Carlos

Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
On the 9th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday planner .

Drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

5
nights
Playas del Coco

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Nacascolo and Playa Danta. Get outdoors at Shark Diving and Four Seasons Golf Club. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playas del Coco: Playa Rajada (in La Cruz), Liberia (Souvenirs La gran Nicoya & Hidden Garden Art Gallery) and Penca Beach (in Playa Potrero). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playas del coco, stop by Cata Chocolate, and view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Playas del Coco itinerary maker .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playas del Coco in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Nicoya.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Liberia, Penca Beach, Playa Nacascolo, Playa Danta, Playa Rajada
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Shark Diving
Playa Nacascolo ©
Playa Nacascolo
Playas del coco ©
Playas del coco

1
night
Nicoya

Nicoya ©
Nicoya, a city on the Nicoya Peninsula of the Guanacaste province, Costa Rica, is one of the country's most important tourist zones; it serves as a transport hub to Guanacaste's beaches and national parks. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Carrillo and then identify plant and animal life at Curu National Wildlife Refuge.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Nicoya vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Playas del Coco to Nicoya by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Nicoya

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Puerto Carrillo ©
Puerto Carrillo
Curu National Wildlife Refuge ©
Curu National Wildlife Refuge

1
night
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa. Keep things going the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, kick back and relax at Playa Carmen, and then look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Nicoya to Santa Teresa takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Montezuma.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen

3
nights
Montezuma

Montezuma ©
With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Quesera and then step off the mainland to explore Tortuga Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Mariposario Butterfly Garden, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then step off the mainland to explore Isla de Cabuya.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Montezuma trip itinerary builder app .

Montezuma is just a stone's throw from Santa Teresa. On the 19th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can ride a ferry to Jaco.

Things to do in Montezuma

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Tortuga Island, Playa Quesera
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Playa Quesera ©
Playa Quesera
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls
Tortuga Island ©
Tortuga Island

4
nights
Jaco

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Get outdoors at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Jaco Beach. Spend the 22nd (Sun) exploring nature at Carara National Park. And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Jaco attractions website .

Traveling by ferry from Montezuma to Jaco takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Quepos.

Things to do in Jaco

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Carara National Park
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Zipline
Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park

2
nights
Quepos

The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): stroll through Playa Matapalo and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Quepos vacation tool .

You can drive from Jaco to Quepos in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Playa Matapalo ©
Playa Matapalo

2
nights
Manuel Antonio

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
On the 25th (Wed), get interesting insight from Tours. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

Plan a Manuel Antonio trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Manuel Antonio is just a short distance from Quepos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Carate.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Parasailing & Paragliding

1
night
Carate

Carate
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Ave Azul de la Osa.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Carate trip planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Carate in 5.5 hours. On the 28th (Sat), you'll travel to Puerto Jimenez.

Things to do in Carate

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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2
nights
Puerto Jimenez

Puerto Jimenez ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Puerto Jimenez trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carate to Puerto Jimenez takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Pavones.

Things to do in Puerto Jimenez

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Piedras Blancas National Park
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Piedras Blancas National Park ©
Piedras Blancas National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Pavones

Pavones ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Pavones.

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You can drive from Puerto Jimenez to Pavones in 3.5 hours. On the 31st (Tue), you're off toSan Jose.

Things to do in Pavones

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Pavones ©
Playa Pavones

3
nights
San Jose

Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): contemplate the long history of Ruinas de Ujarras and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Mercado Nacional de Artesanias, then have fun and explore at Museo de los Ninos, and then wander the streets of Multiplaza.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose itinerary maker app .

Drive from Pavones to San Jose in 6.5 hours. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion, Multiplaza
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