28 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

28 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to San Jose, Shuttle to Manuel Antonio
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 3 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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San Jose
— 4 nights
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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, kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and walk around Parque Nahomi.

For reviews 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. 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 · Parks

Side Trip

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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: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, examine the collection at Chorotega Arts & Crafts, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Monteverde tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 · Adventure
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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 in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, and wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip builder.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. 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 · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Area de Conservacion Guanacaste: Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa) and Liberia (Souvenir Ocarina & Hidden Garden Art Gallery).

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Area de Conservacion Guanacaste trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in 2.5 hours. You will leave for La Fortuna de San Carlos on the 4th (Mon).

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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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: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through Proyecto Asis, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning app.

You can drive from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 4 — 10:

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Tortuguero

Costa Rica's Amazon

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 find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, 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 drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
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4
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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: Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca), Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro). 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.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose sightseeing planner.

Getting from Tortuguero to San Jose by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. 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 · Tours

Side Trips

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Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.