28 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

28 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Start: Florence
+2
Fly + Bus + Shuttle:  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.
Spend the 21st (Thu) on the water with a fishing tour. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, surround yourself with nature on Mike’s Nature Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, and walk around Parque Nahomi.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio route maker app.

Florence, Italy to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 22.5- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Florence to Manuel Antonio, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife 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, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, and stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde road trip planning website.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
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.
When in Tamarindo, make a side trip to see Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal, approximately Playa Conchal away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, and find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip builder.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around 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.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste journey planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to 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
Souvenir Ocarina ©
Souvenir Ocarina

6
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get interesting insight from Tours, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and snap pictures at Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to 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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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero trip maker.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting San Jose side-trips: Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro), Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and surround yourself with nature on Top Travel Costa Rica.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose sightseeing planner.

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 Tours

Side Trips

J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, Toucan Rescue Ranch, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Poas Volcano
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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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