37 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

37 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
+3
Train + Fly + Bus + Taxi:  15 h 30 min
1
Monteverde
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
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 15 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 + Train:  14 h 45 min
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Santa Elena Skywalk and Ecological Sanctuary. Step out of the city life by going to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Zipline. There's much more to do: look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, stroll through Monteverde Frog Pond, admire the masterpieces at Chorotega Arts & Crafts, and admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde holiday planner.

London, UK to Monteverde is an approximately 16- hour combination of train, flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car; or do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive 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.
Head to Wood & Art Gallery and Souvenir Leofor some retail therapy. Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano. 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 a memorable tour with Ecocentro Danaus, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio.

To see reviews, more things to do, 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 Matapalo. Get outdoors at Manuel Antonio National Park and Playas Gemelas. There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, get interesting insight from Tours, head outdoors with Barraba's Surf, and see MidWorld Costa Rica.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, 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

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.
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.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Santa Teresa road trip planning app.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa by ferry takes about 4 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

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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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 see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Playa Conchal route planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Santa Teresa to Playa Conchal in 2.5 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

Beaches Outdoors Parks

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.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartago trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Playa Conchal to Cartago by combination of flight and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. 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

Irazu Volcano National Park, Guayabo National Monument
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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 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.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, 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 and bus; or take a 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 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 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks 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, see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, make a trip to Plaza Juan Mora Fernandez, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central).

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Jose trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and bus from Tortuguero to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. 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

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

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

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