33 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

33 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica tour planner

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Uvita
— 3 nights
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Uvita
— 2 nights
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Dominical
— 3 nights
Fly
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Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Guapiles
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cano Negro
— 1 night
Drive
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Rincon de La Vieja
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tenorio Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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El Castillo
— 1 night
Drive
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Chachagua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Atenas
— 2 nights
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Uvita

— 3 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Jungle ATV Quad Tours as well as Uvita Waterfall. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Marino Ballena.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Uvita road trip site.

If you are flying in from Israel, the closest major aiports are Tobias Bolanos International Airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport and Limon International Airport. On the 6th (Mon), you're off to Uvita.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 6:

Uvita

— 2 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Jungle ATV Quad Tours as well as Uvita Waterfall. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): see Jungle ATV Quad Tours and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On your second day here, take a memorable tour with Tours, admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, and then stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

Before you visit Uvita, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dominical.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 8:

Dominical

— 3 nights
The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Parque Reptilandia.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Dominical driving holiday planner.

Dominical is very close to Uvita. You will leave for Poas Volcano National Park on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Dominical

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 11:

Poas Volcano National Park

— 2 nights
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
You've now added Poas Volcano to your itinerary. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens.

Find out how to plan Poas Volcano National Park trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Fly from Dominical to Poas Volcano National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Guapiles.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 13:

Guapiles

— 1 night
To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Guapiles attractions planning app.

Traveling by car from Poas Volcano National Park to Guapiles takes 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Guapiles

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 14:
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 2 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ecotermales Fortuna as well as Tabacon Hot Springs. On the 15th (Wed), take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, then expand your horizons at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then stop by Galeria Aguas Verdes.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip website.

Traveling by car from Guapiles to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cano Negro.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16:

Cano Negro

— 1 night
Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge has been added to your itinerary. On the 17th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cano Negro online journey planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cano Negro in 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Cano Negro can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rincon de La Vieja.

Things to do in Cano Negro

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 17:
Highlights from your trip

Rincon de La Vieja

— 1 night
Rincon de La Vieja National Park has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): contemplate the geological forces at Rincon de La Vieja National Park.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Rincon de La Vieja vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Cano Negro to Rincon de La Vieja in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 18:
Highlights from your trip

Monteverde

— 4 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Zipline as well as Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. There's still lots to do: relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, and take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Rincon de La Vieja to Monteverde in 3 hours. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 22:

Jaco

— 3 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Carara National Park and then see Off-Road Tours.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Jaco trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Jaco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tenorio Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 25:

Tenorio Volcano National Park

— 2 nights
Rio Celeste has been added to your itinerary. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico L'etoile Celeste, then admire all the interesting features of Laberinto de Katira, and then relax in the rural setting at Chocolate Sibaeli.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tenorio Volcano National Park trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Tenorio Volcano National Park takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tenorio Volcano National Park

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:

Manuel Antonio

— 3 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Vacation Buggy Tours has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, get a tailor-made plan with Vacation Buggy Tours, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can drive from Tenorio Volcano National Park to Manuel Antonio in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to El Castillo.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 27 — 30:

El Castillo

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Conservatory, get to know the resident critters at Arenal Eco Zoo, and then contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano).

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the El Castillo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to El Castillo takes 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Chachagua.

Things to do in El Castillo

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 30 — 31:

Chachagua

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): experience rural life at Finca Luna Nueva.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Chachagua tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from El Castillo to Chachagua in an hour. You will leave for Atenas on the 2nd (Sun).
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 2:
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Atenas

— 2 nights
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposas Sarchi, then revel in the low prices at Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro, and then admire the verdant scenery at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ).

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Atenas trip planner.

You can drive from Chachagua to Atenas in 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Atenas are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Atenas

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 2 — 4:

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.

Arenal Volcano National Park travel guide

4.4
Hot Springs · Waterfalls · River Rafting & Tubing
Plan a tour of Arenal Volcano National Park to get in touch with nature, enjoy scenic views, and admire the majestic volcano up close. The park, established in 1991, protects a variety of ecosystems and wildlife. You can choose from four hiking trails, taking you across the rainforest and lava fields. Enjoy scenic lookout points, see a staggering variety of birds and plants, or climb the dormant Mount Chato on your trip to Arenal Volcano National Park.