26 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

26 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
2
Monteverde
— 3 nights
3
Jaco
— 3 nights
4
Quepos
— 3 nights
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
6
Tortuguero
— 1 night
7
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
8
San Jose
— 3 nights

3
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Venture out of the city with trips to Liberia (Costa Rica Private Tours & Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal). There's much more to do: get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, stroll through Monkey Park, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo holiday maker tool.

Stockholm, Sweden to Tamarindo is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Liberia, Playa Conchal
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 10:
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Boat Tours & Water Sports

3
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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin de Orquideas San Bosco, stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, and delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde route planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the shuttle to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 13:
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

3
nights
Jaco

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Jaco is known for adventure, beaches, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, see the top attractions with Vic-Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and head outdoors with Costa Rica SUP'ers.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Jaco road trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Monteverde to Jaco takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Quepos.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Tee Times Costa Rica, Tarcoles Bridge, Vic-Tours
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Zipline
Vic-Tours ©
Vic-Tours

3
nights
Quepos

Quepos ©
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Quepos: Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store (in Dominical) and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena (in Uvita). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, stroll around Parque Nahomi, take a memorable tour with Tours, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Quepos trip planner.

Drive from Jaco to Quepos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio, Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
nights
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, see Off-Road Tours, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Quepos to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 24:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tortuguero, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 25:
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

3
nights
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.
Spend the 27th (Sun) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, stroll through Nature Observatorio, and admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: ZENfit 506 (in San Rafael de Escazu) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). There's lots more to do: sample some tasty brews at Carpe Chepe, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, and see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

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

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. September in San Jose sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Tours · Nightlife

Side Trips

ZENfit 506, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, J.LANG Atelier & Showroom
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 1:
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Carpe Chepe ©
Carpe Chepe
Central Bank (Banco Central) ©
Central Bank (Banco Central)
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

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