43 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

43 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica tour itinerary planner

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Fly to Tobias Bolanos International Airport, Drive to Cartago
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Cartago
— 6 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
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Montezuma
— 4 nights
Ferry to Sierpe, Ferry to Drake Bay
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Drake Bay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Puerto Jimenez
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dominical
— 2 nights
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Jaco
— 5 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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San Jose
— 1 night
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Cartago

— 6 nights
Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25km east of the capital, San José. Your day by day itinerary now includes Hacienda Orosi, Pacuare River and Irazu Volcano National Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Ruins of the Church of Carthage. Venture out of the city with trips to San Gerardo de Dota (Del Rio Spa & Batsu), House of the Dreamer - Casa Del Sonador (in Cachi) and Pejibaye River (in Turrialba). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico Lankester and get outside with Refugio de Vida Silvestre La Marta.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cartago tour planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Cartago is an approximately 31-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in August, expect Cartago to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°C and 22°C. On the 13th (Fri), you'll travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Cartago

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 13:

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 2 nights

Walaba

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.
On the 14th (Sat), take a memorable tour with Cahuita Tours and then stroll through Tarantulas Way. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cartago to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:

Tortuguero

— 3 nights

Costa Rica's Amazon

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 16th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Jungle Tom Safaris Day Tours and then learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Tortuguero trip planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 18:

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 5 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Venado Caves and Coffee & Tea Tours. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, stroll through Bogarin Trail, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip 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 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 23:

Tamarindo

— 4 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Fishing Charters & Tours and Lydia Beech Art Boutique. Venture out of the city with trips to Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Potrero Beach (in Playa Potrero). Saddle up on the 25th (Wed) and explore with a tour on horseback. There's more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo holiday planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Montezuma.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 23 — 27:

Montezuma

— 4 nights
With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
Explore hidden gems such as Costa Rican Tropical Tours and Isla de Cabuya. Change things up with these side-trips from Montezuma: Santa Teresa (Bri'ah Art Gallery & Taboo Beach Club) and Kayaking & Canoeing (in Mal Pais). There's much more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, kick back and relax at Playa Montezuma, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Carmen, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Montezuma using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Montezuma takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Montezuma

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 27 — 31:

Drake Bay

— 3 nights
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Divine Dolphin and Reserva Biologica Isla del Cano. Take a break from Drake Bay with a short trip to Corcovado National Park in Carate, about 1h 10 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 1st (Wed) at Cano Island.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Drake Bay driving holiday planner.

Traveling by ferry from Montezuma to Drake Bay takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Puerto Jimenez.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 3:

Puerto Jimenez

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Golfo Dulce. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Preciosa.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Jimenez trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Puerto Jimenez takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Dominical.

Things to do in Puerto Jimenez

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 5:

Dominical

— 2 nights
The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
On the 6th (Mon), soothe aching muscles at Danyasa Eco-Retreat - Bamboo Yoga Play Studio, look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then kick back and relax at Playa Ventanas, then explore the galleries of Magic Ananda, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Santa Lucia Falls.

Make your Dominical itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Puerto Jimenez to Dominical takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Dominical

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:

Jaco

— 5 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding and Costa Rica Dreams Sportfishing. There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge, and play a few rounds at La Iguana Golf Course.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Jaco trip planner.

Drive from Dominical to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 12:

Monteverde

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at Monteverde Massage, then stroll through Valle Escondido Preserve, then explore the galleries of Arte Jaguar Gallery, and finally relax in the rural setting at Hidden Valley Permaculture Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Chorotega Arts & Crafts, then identify plant and animal life at monteverde nature guided tours, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Jaco to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:

San Jose

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): walk around Parque La Sabana, then head outdoors with Monte de la Cruz, and then take an in-depth tour of Souvenir Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Kingdom Costa Rica, then soothe aching muscles at Yoga Massage Therapy, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose online tour planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to San Jose in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.