26 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

26 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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26 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Brussels
+3
train + Fly + bus + taxi:  19​h 45​min
1
Monteverde
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Playas del Coco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Nosara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Jose
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h
6
Quepos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Fly + train:  18​h 45​min
End: Brussels

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.
Ecological Sanctuary and Santa Elena Skywalk will appeal to history buffs. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Serpentario. Change things up with a short trip to Zipline in Punta Arenas (about 1h 35 min away). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, stop by Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Bat Jungle.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde online holiday planner .

Brussels, Belgium to Monteverde is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Brussels to Monteverde, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

3
nights
Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco and Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zipline and Playa Hermosa. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and stop by Sea Hag Clothing.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Playas del Coco day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Playas del Coco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Playas del Coco can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Scuba & Snorkeling
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©

4
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Pura Aventura. Family-friendly places like Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates and Tamarindo Beach will thrill your kids. Step out of Tamarindo to go to Playa Flamingo and see Fishing Charters & Tours, which is approximately 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, and look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Park.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo visit planner .

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nosara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates

2
nights
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Kids will appreciate attractions like SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary and Nosara Refuge for Wildlife. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Koss Art Gallery and MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY. There's much more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and putt your heart out at Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nosara holiday builder tool .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Nosara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Nosara

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Koss Art Gallery
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Horseback Riding 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.
Attractions like La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Museo de los Ninos make great kid-friendly stops. Get some historical perspective at Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles) and Ruinas de Ujarras. Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Souvenir Museum (in Alajuela) and Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora (in Cartago). There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose trip maker tool .

You can fly from Nosara to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Nosara in August, things will get little chillier in San Jose: highs are around 32°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Quepos.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Cartago, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Souvenir Museum, Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion
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2
nights
Quepos

The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
On the 5th (Sun), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Meli Melo Boutique and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Quepos trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from San Jose to Quepos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In August in Quepos, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Quepos

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Attractions like Butterfly Conservatory and Arenal Natura Ecological Park make great kid-friendly stops. Step off the beaten path and head to Ecocentro Danaus and Onirica Art Gallery. And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Quepos to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Venado Caves
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

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