37 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

37 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
+2
Fly + Bus + Taxi:  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
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h 30 min
5
Playa Conchal
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Shuttle + Foot + Bus:  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.
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 Monteverde Frog Pond. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecological Sanctuary, stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, and whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip itinerary planning site.

London, UK to Monteverde is an approximately 16- hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Monteverde. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
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.
For shopping fun, head to Souvenir Leo or Galeria Estudio. Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo, approximately El Castillo away. And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, surround yourself with nature on Ecocentro Danaus, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and explore the activities along Lake Arenal.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive 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
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Manuel Antonio and Playas Gemelas. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Biesanz and Playa Matapalo. And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park, look for gifts at Jaime Peligro Book & CD Shop, head outdoors with Barraba's Surf, and stroll around Parque Nahomi.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio online journey maker.

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 time for the ferry ride 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
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
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.
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 find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa vacation app.

You can ride a ferry from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa in 4 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

Parks Outdoors 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 ©
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 combination of taxi and flight from Santa Teresa to Playa Conchal takes 2.5 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

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Tamarindo
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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): 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.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cartago visit planning tool.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Playa Conchal to Cartago in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. 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

Guayabo National Monument, Irazu Volcano National Park
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Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles ©
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park
Guayabo National Monument ©
Guayabo National Monument

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.
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.

For where to stay, reviews, 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 and bus; or take a 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

Side Trips

Nature Observatorio, Cahuita National Park
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Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo 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), 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 ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tortuguero tour itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 4 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 travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Museums
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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.
Do your shopping at Galeria Namu and Central Market (Mercado Central). 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). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Juan Mora Fernandez.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose online visit planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Tortuguero to San Jose in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tortuguero in August: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro, Poas Volcano, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, J.LANG Atelier & Showroom
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Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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