32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  8 h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Cahuita
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Turrialba
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h
4
San Jose
— 5 nights
Bus:  3 h 30 min
5
Uvita
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h
6
Quepos
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h
7
Jaco
— 1 night
Shuttle:  1 h
8
Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Liberia
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
10
Playas del Coco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h
11
Playa Flamingo
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Shuttle + Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: New York City

4
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
Appreciate the collections at Wood & Art Gallery and Onirica Art Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to La Fortuna Waterfall and Butterfly Conservatory. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos with an excursion to Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park in La Virgen--about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online vacation planner .

Charlotte, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Charlotte to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Cahuita.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park, Venado Caves, Butterfly Conservatory
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

4
nights
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Punta Uva Beach and Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary. Get in touch with nature at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and Cahuita National Park. The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Luluberlu Art Gallery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cahuita trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cahuita takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Cahuita are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Turrialba.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park

1
day
Turrialba

Turrialba ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Guayabo National Park and Monument. On the 9th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Guayabo National Park and Monument.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Turrialba trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Cahuita to Turrialba takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Cahuita in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Turrialba, with lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Turrialba

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Guayabo National Monument ©
Guayabo National Monument

5
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jade Museum, Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana) and Cementerio General de San Jose. Galeria Namu and Museo Nacional De Costa Rica will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Ruins of the Church of Carthage and Metal Church. Get out of town with these interesting San Jose side-trips: Souvenir Museum (in Alajuela), La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens (in Katira) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). It doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica and engage your brain at Museo de Ciencias Naturales La Salle.

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You can drive from Turrialba to San Jose in 2 hours. In March, daytime highs in San Jose are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Uvita.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens, Metal Church, Ruins of the Church of Carthage, Souvenir Museum
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

4
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Uvita

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Uvita Waterfall as well as Parque Reptilandia. Escape the urban bustle at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Step off the beaten path and head to Playa Ventanas and Marino Ballena National Park. There's still lots to do: get outside with Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica, admire the sheer force of Santa Lucia Falls, stroll through Oro Verde Biological Reserve, and look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

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Traveling by bus from San Jose to Uvita takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Quepos.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Dominical, Playa Ventanas, Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

1
night
Quepos

Quepos ©
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Playa Manuel Antonio as well as Monkey Mangrove Tour. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, use the Quepos trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Uvita to Quepos takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Jaco.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Manuel Antonio
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Monkey Mangrove Tour ©
Monkey Mangrove Tour

1
night
Jaco

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tico Pod Art House & Gifts as well as Catarata Bijagual.

To find more things to do, photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Jaco attractions planning website .

You can take a bus from Quepos to Jaco in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catch the shuttle to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Parks Shopping Nature
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Catarata Bijagual ©
Catarata Bijagual
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts ©
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts

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nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes San Luis Waterfall, Nasua Tours, Forest Alive, and other attractions you added. Get a sense of the local culture at Ecological Sanctuary and Sarah's Gallery. Head to Arte Jaguar Gallery and Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverdefor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Monteverde: Guacimal River Bridge 2 (in Puntarenas) and Middle Earth Thermal Springs (in Quebrada Grande). Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle.

To see reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Jaco to Monteverde takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Guacimal River Bridge 2, San Luis Waterfall, Middle Earth Thermal Springs
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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Nasua Tours ©
Nasua Tours
Forest Alive ©
Forest Alive

1
night
Liberia

Liberia ©
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
You've now added Tenorio National Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tenorio National Park. On your second day here, get in on the family fun at Ponderosa Adventure Park and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of La Ermita La Agonia.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Liberia trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Liberia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Liberia

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tenorio National Park
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Ponderosa Adventure Park ©
Ponderosa Adventure Park
Church of La Ermita La Agonia ©
Church of La Ermita La Agonia

5
nights
Playas del Coco

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dream On Sport Fishing, Cata Chocolate and Sunquest Heli Tours. We've included these beaches for you: Playa Hermosa and Playa Danta. Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco and Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playas del Coco: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal), Shark Diving (in Playa Flamingo) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Playa Potrero).

For other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Playas del Coco online holiday maker .

Drive from Liberia to Playas del Coco in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Playa Hermosa, Shark Diving, Playa Danta
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Dream On Sport Fishing ©
Dream On Sport Fishing
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Playa Flamingo

Playa Flamingo
The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
To see maps, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read Playa Flamingo sightseeing planning app .

Drive from Playas del Coco to Playa Flamingo in an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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