28 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

28 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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28 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Florence
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Bus:  21 h 45 min
1
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Taxi + Bus:  2 h 45 min
7
San Jose
— 4 nights
Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Florence

4
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.
Pack the 20th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Rancho Tipico Don Juan. Spend the 21st (Thu) on the water with a fishing tour. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and delve into the lush surroundings at Naturalist Michael Araya Flores.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio road trip app .

Florence, Italy to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight, car, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 7 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
nights
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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, wildlife, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde attractions planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Zipline
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

3
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.
Take a break from Tamarindo with a short trip to Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal, about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll through Tamarindo Beach, look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, and find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Tamarindo tour itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Playa Conchal
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Area de Conservacion Guanacaste: Liberia (Souvenir Ocarina & Hidden Garden Art Gallery) and Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa). Spend the 4th (Mon) among the fascinating landscape of Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Liberia, Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands

6
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, identify plant and animal life at Proyecto Asis, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Traveling by car from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero trip site .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca), Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, admire all the interesting features of Top Travel Costa Rica, get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), and look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Jose online trip maker .

Getting from Tortuguero to San Jose by combination of taxi and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Tortuguero in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in San Jose, with lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, Poas Volcano, Toucan Rescue Ranch, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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