37 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

37 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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1
Monteverde
— 5 nights
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 8 nights
3
Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
4
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
5
Playa Conchal
— 3 nights
6
Cartago
— 2 nights
7
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
8
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
9
San Jose
— 3 nights

5
nights
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 Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, see the interesting displays at Chorotega Arts & Crafts, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip itinerary planning app.

London, UK to Monteverde is an approximately 16-hour flight. 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 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
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.
Head to Wood & Art Gallery and Galeria Estudiofor some retail therapy. Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and Ecocentro Danaus. 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 get impressive views of Arenal Volcano.

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 shuttle. 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

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.
Relax by the water at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and MidWorld Costa Rica. Step out of Manuel Antonio with an excursion to Playa Matapalo in Quepos--about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio planning app.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 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 enough time to 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
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

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 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

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

3
nights
Playa Conchal

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

Parks Beaches Outdoors

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. 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 °C and lows of °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

Guayabo National Monument, Irazu Volcano National Park
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Guayabo National Monument ©
Guayabo National Monument
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park

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 in touch with nature at Cahuita National Park and Nature Observatorio. Relax by the water at Puerto Viejo Beach and Punta Uva Beach. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

You can drive from Cartago to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cahuita National Park, Nature Observatorio
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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 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 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. November in Tortuguero sees daily highs of °C and lows of °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

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.
Shop till you drop at Galeria Namu and Chieton Moren. 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 browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central).

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; or take a shuttle. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tortuguero in November: high temperatures in San Jose hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro, J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, Poas Volcano
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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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