23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly + Drive:  11​h 45​min
1
Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
4
Golfito
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Puerto Jimenez
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Jaco
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Boston

2
nights
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): look for gifts at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mariposas Sarchi, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San Rafael.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Poas Volcano National Park trip planner .

Boston, USA to Poas Volcano National Park is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from Boston to Poas Volcano National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. You'll set off for La Fortuna de San Carlos on the 28th (Mon).

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, Iglesia de San Rafael, Mariposas Sarchi
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Mariposas Sarchi ©
Mariposas Sarchi
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): delve into the lush surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, then view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planner .

You can drive from Poas Volcano National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing

3
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 Monteverde Chorotega Arts & Crafts and Arte Jaguar Gallery. Step off the beaten path and head to The Bat Jungle and Ecological Sanctuary. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde sightseeing site .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Golfito.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Monteverde Wild Hikes ©
Monteverde Wild Hikes

3
nights
Golfito

Golfito ©
The port town of Golfito is located in Puntarenas Province on the southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, near the border of Panama. Get outdoors at Playa Pavones and Golfito National Wildlife Refuge. Discover out-of-the-way places like Finca Cantaros and Paradise Tropical Gardens. Step out of Golfito to go to San Vito and see Wilson Botanical Garden, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Zamia Wildlife Refuge.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Golfito trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Monteverde to Golfito in 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Puerto Jimenez.

Things to do in Golfito

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

San Vito, Playa Pavones, Paradise Tropical Gardens
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Finca Cantaros ©
Finca Cantaros
Playa Pavones ©
Playa Pavones
Zamia Wildlife Refuge ©
Zamia Wildlife Refuge

5
nights
Puerto Jimenez

Escape the urban bustle at Naturaseekers and Cano Island. Explore hidden gems such as Playa San Josecito and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore Puerto Jimenez's surroundings by going to Drake Bay (Minisuper Drake & Scuba & Snorkeling).

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Jimenez trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Golfito to Puerto Jimenez in 2 hours. You will leave for Uvita on the 10th (Sun).

Things to do in Puerto Jimenez

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Drake Bay
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cano Island ©
Cano Island

2
nights
Uvita

Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
On the 10th (Sun), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Uvita online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Puerto Jimenez to Uvita takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Jaco.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Beaches Adventure

Side Trip

Dominical
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Spas & Wellness

5
nights
Jaco

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Palo Seco Beach and Jaco Beach. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Zipline. Step out of Jaco with an excursion to Catedral de Puntarenas in Punta Arenas--about 1h 15 min away. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Bridge Over Rio Tarcoles.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Jaco visit planning website .

Boston, USA to Jaco is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Boston to Jaco. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Uvita.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Palo Seco Beach, Tarcoles Bridge, Catedral de Puntarenas
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Palo Seco Beach ©
Palo Seco Beach
Zipline
Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach

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