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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Ecological Sanctuary and Santa Elena Skywalk. Step out of the city life by going to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Zipline. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond, take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, and explore the galleries of Art House.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Monteverde tour itinerary builder tool.

London, UK to Monteverde is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Monteverde is minus 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 30:

8
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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.
Head to Wood & Art Gallery and Souvenir Leofor some retail therapy. Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall. Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to El Castillo to see Butterfly Conservatory about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 7:

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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.
Relax by the water at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Matapalo. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and MidWorld Costa Rica. There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, walk around Parque Nahomi, kick back and relax at Playas Gemelas, and zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other 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 13th (Tue) to allow time for the ferry ride to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 7 — 13:

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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.
On the 14th (Wed), stroll through Playa Hermosa, stroll through Playa Carmen, and then look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Santa Teresa road trip planning app.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa by ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Playa Conchal.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 15:

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Playa Conchal

On the 16th (Fri), step aboard Kingpin Sportfishing, browse the exhibits of Lydia Beech Art Boutique, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Playa Conchal route planner.

You can fly from Santa Teresa to Playa Conchal in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cartago.

Things to do in Playa Conchal

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 15 — 18:

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Cartago

Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25km east of the capital, San José. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico Lankester and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): admire all the interesting features of Guayabo National Monument.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartago trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Playa Conchal to Cartago by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. November in Cartago sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Cartago

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 18 — 20:

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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 in touch with nature at Cahuita National Park and Puerto Viejo Beach. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, and stroll through Nature Observatorio.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca road trip app.

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 20 — 24:

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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 24th (Sat), learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Tortuguero trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. November in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:

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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.
Shop till you drop at Galeria Namu and Central Market (Mercado Central). Take a break from the city and head to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and Poas Volcano. When in San Jose, make a side trip to see Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro in Sarchi, approximately Sarchi away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, make a trip to Plaza Juan Mora Fernandez, and look for gifts at Chieton Moren.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the San Jose trip planner.

Drive from Tortuguero to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tortuguero in November: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 26 — 29:

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.