24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose
1
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Santa Teresa
— 4 nights
6
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Manzanillo
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
8
Cahuita
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: San Jose

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Namu.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read San Jose trip app .

In February in San Jose, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. On the 2nd (Sun), you're off toMonteverde.

Things to do in San Jose

Shopping Museums
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Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

3
nights
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.
Visiting Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal) and La Fortuna Waterfall will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Onirica Art Gallery and Coco Loco Art Studio & Gallery. The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, identify plant and animal life at Proyecto Asis, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Curi Cancha Reserve, then identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then admire the masterpieces at Monteverde Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Monteverde day trip planner .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

2
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Conchal and then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana. On your second day here, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tamarindo trip planning app .

Drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Santa Teresa and Playa Hermosa. Visiting Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve and Montezuma Falls will get you outdoors. Explore Santa Teresa's surroundings by going to Montezuma (Spas & Wellness & Horseback Riding Tours) and Tortuga Island (in Puntarenas). And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Bri'ah Art Gallery, stop by Tica Surf Bikinis, and identify plant and animal life at Wild Sun Rescue Center.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Santa Teresa journey planning site .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Montezuma, Tortuga Island, Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve ©
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls

3
nights
Manuel Antonio

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online road trip planner .

Getting from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio by ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Manzanillo.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park

4
nights
Manzanillo

Manzanillo ©
Escape the urban bustle at Nature Observatorio and Manzanillo Beach. When in Manzanillo, make a side trip to see Sixaola Bridge in Sixaola, approximately 34 minutes away.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Manzanillo attractions site .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Manzanillo takes 7 hours. You will leave for Cahuita on the 20th (Thu).

Things to do in Manzanillo

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Sixaola Bridge, Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
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Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge ©
Sixaola Bridge ©
Sixaola Bridge

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.
Get outdoors at Cahuita National Park and Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cahuita: Puerto Limon (Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, Veragua Rainforest Park, & more). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cahuita trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Manzanillo to Cahuita takes an hour. In February, daily temperatures in Cahuita can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. On the 24th (Mon), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Puerto Limon
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Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica ©
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

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