27 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

27 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
2
Monteverde
— 3 nights
3
Jaco
— 2 nights
4
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
5
Drake Bay
— 3 nights
6
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
7
Tortuguero
— 1 night
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
9
Vara Blanca
— 2 nights

3
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, stroll through Tamarindo Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip itinerary maker site.

Los Angeles, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Tamarindo is 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, Playa Conchal, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

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, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and admire the masterpieces at Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde day trip site.

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to take a shuttle to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): head outdoors with Costa Rica SUP'ers, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: see Off-Road Tours, then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then get great views at Mirador de Jaco.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Jaco tour itinerary planner.

Take a shuttle from Monteverde to Jaco in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Zipline
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
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.
Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Parque Nacional Marino Ballena (in Uvita) and Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store (in Dominical). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, stroll around Parque Nahomi, see Off-Road Tours, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, Parque Nahomi
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

3
nights
Drake Bay

Drake Bay ©
Spend a day of island exploring on the 17th (Mon) at Cano Island.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Drake Bay road trip planning site.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife · Parks · Tours
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Cano Island ©
Cano Island
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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 21st (Fri) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio, and enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Drake Bay to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cahuita National Park, Nature Observatorio
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

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.
On the 23rd (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take a memorable tour with Tours, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

2
nights
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Vara Blanca trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Kayaking & Canoeing

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