37 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

37 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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37 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + shuttle:  15​h 30​min
1
Monteverde
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
ferry:  4​h
4
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Playa Conchal
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Cartago
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
8
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  3​h 30​min
9
San Jose
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: London

5
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.
Ecological Sanctuary and Santa Elena Skywalk will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Art House and Monteverde Chorotega Arts & Crafts. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip tool .

London, UK to Monteverde is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 6 hours. 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
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

8
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.
Visiting Tabacon Hot Springs and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours will get you outdoors. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos with an excursion to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo--about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Souvenir Leo, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, trek along Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

6
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and Super Joseth. Visit Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz for some beach relaxation. Take a break from Manuel Antonio with a short trip to Playa Matapalo in Quepos, about 46 minutes away. Spend the 4th (Sat) exploring nature at Manuel Antonio National Park. And it doesn't end there: relax in the rural setting at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, kick back and relax at Playas Gemelas, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can ride a ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
River Rafting & Tubing

2
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.
On the 6th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen, and then look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Santa Teresa travel route site .

You can ride a ferry from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Conchal.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen

3
nights
Playa Conchal

Playa Conchal ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): admire all the interesting features of Kingpin Sportfishing, then stop by Lydia Beech Art, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Conchal and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Playa Conchal road trip website .

Getting from Santa Teresa to Playa Conchal by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cartago.

Things to do in Playa Conchal

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Tamarindo, Playa Avellana
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

2
nights
Cartago

Cartago ©
Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25km east of the capital, San José. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico Lankester and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles). On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Guayabo National Park and Monument.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Cartago travel route planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Playa Conchal to Cartago takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. 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

Guayabo National Park and Monument, Irazu Volcano National Park
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4
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Puerto Viejo Beach and Punta Uva Beach. Get outdoors at Cahuita National Park and Nature Observatorio. It doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Cartago to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to take a shuttle to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Cahuita National Park, Nature Observatorio
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Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach

2
nights
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.
On the 16th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Tortuguero National Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero trip maker tool .

You can take a shuttle from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catch the shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

#Nature, #Wildlife, #Parks
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

3
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.
Shop till you drop at Chieton Moren and Central Market (Mercado Central). Step out of the city life by going to La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Poas Volcano. Take a break from San Jose with a short trip to Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro in Sarchi, about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, make a trip to Plaza Juan Mora Fernandez, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Jose online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Tortuguero to San Jose by shuttle takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tortuguero in August; daily highs in San Jose reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Nature, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trips

J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro, Poas Volcano, La Paz Waterfall Gardens
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)

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