37 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

37 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 5 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 8 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
Ferry
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Fly
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Playa Conchal
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cartago
— 2 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 3 nights
Fly

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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.
Appreciate the collections at Chorotega Arts & Crafts and Art House. Take a break from the city and head to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, and take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Monteverde holiday planner.

London, UK to Monteverde is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and taxi. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 22:

8
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.
For shopping fun, head to Souvenir Leo or Wood & Art Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo, approximately El Castillo away. The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos online holiday planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 30:

6
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Manuel Antonio and MidWorld Costa Rica. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Biesanz and Playa Matapalo. There's lots more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty, and walk around Parque Nahomi.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio road trip site.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 5:

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): stroll through Playa Hermosa, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen, and then stop by Tica Surf Bikinis. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa vacation app.

You can ride a ferry from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Playa Conchal.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 7:

3
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Playa Conchal

Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take a tour of Kingpin Sportfishing, then take in the exciting artwork at Lydia Beech Art Boutique, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Playa Conchal fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by flight from Santa Teresa to Playa Conchal takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Cartago.

Things to do in Playa Conchal

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 10:

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Cartago

Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25km east of the capital, San José. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico Lankester and then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Guayabo National Monument.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cartago visit planning tool.

Fly from Playa Conchal to Cartago in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Cartago, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Cartago

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 12:

4
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Walaba

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Get outdoors at Cahuita National Park and Nature Observatorio. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Puerto Viejo Beach and Punta Uva Beach. It doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Cartago to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 16:

2
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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.
On the 16th (Thu), learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tortuguero tour itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 18:

3
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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.
Do your shopping at Galeria Namu and J.LANG Atelier & Showroom. Step out of the city life by going to Poas Volcano and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. Change things up with a short trip to Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro in Sarchi (about 54 minutes away). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, stop by Chieton Moren, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), and see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Tortuguero to San Jose by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tortuguero in August, with highs in San Jose at 32°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 21:

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.