24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Milan
+2
Fly + Bus + Taxi:  20​h
1
Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Bus:  3​h
3
San Jose
— 3 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2​h 45​min
4
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1​h 45​min
7
Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Milan

4
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, nightlife, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde vacation planner .

Milan, Italy to Monteverde is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 7 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

4
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.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, nightlife, wildlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, stroll through Playa Biesanz, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Step out of San Jose to go to Cartago and see Jardin Botanico Lankester, which is approximately 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Teatro Nacional Costa Rica, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, browse the exhibits of Galeria Namu, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Jose trip itinerary website .

You can take a bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, Irazu Volcano National Park, Jardin Botanico Lankester
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Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica ©
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero tour itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from San Jose to Tortuguero takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Tours
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

5
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, parks, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder website .

Drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

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.
Step out of Tamarindo with an excursion to Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal--about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, take a memorable tour with Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo tour itinerary builder website .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

2
nights
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): get impressive views of Poas Volcano and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the verdant scenery at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ) and then take in the dramatic scenery at Los Chorros Waterfalls.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Poas Volcano National Park holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Tamarindo to Poas Volcano National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ), Los Chorros Waterfalls
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Los Chorros Waterfalls ©
Los Chorros Waterfalls

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