41 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

41 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Jose
— 2 nights
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
4
Playa Matapalo
— 4 nights
5
Tamarindo
— 5 nights
6
Montezuma
— 5 nights
7
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
8
Carate
— 5 nights
9
Cahuita
— 6 nights
10
Puerto Limon
— 6 nights

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): see the top attractions with Top Travel Costa Rica, then find something for the whole family at Parque Diversiones, and then look for gifts at Ximena Esquivel Jewelry. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bosque de la Hoja, tour the pleasant surroundings at Toucan Rescue Ranch, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Jose day trip app.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiports are Tobias Bolanos International Airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport and Limon International Airport. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Wildlife · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Bosque de la Hoja, Ximena Esquivel Jewelry, Toucan Rescue Ranch
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 23:
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Bosque de la Hoja ©
Bosque de la Hoja

3
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.
On the 23rd (Mon), take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Senderos Los Tucanes, tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Conservatory, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Arenal Eco Zoo, and finally stroll through Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

Getting from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

El Castillo
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 26:
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Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Valle Escondido Preserve, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, and then take in the dramatic scenery at San Luis Waterfall.

To find reviews and other tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Matapalo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

San Luis Waterfall
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 28:
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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Valle Escondido Preserve ©
Valle Escondido Preserve

4
nights
Playa Matapalo

Playa Matapalo ©
Playas del coco has been added to your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to The Monkey Farm and Four Seasons Golf Club. Attractions like Playa Dantita and Playa Ocotal make great kid-friendly stops.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Playa Matapalo visit app.

Drive from Monteverde to Playa Matapalo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. You will leave for Tamarindo on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in Playa Matapalo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Four Seasons Golf Club, Playa Dantita, Playa Ocotal, The Monkey Farm
Find places to stay Mar 28 — Apr 1:
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Playas del coco ©
Playas del coco
Playa Dantita ©
Playa Dantita
The Monkey Farm ©
The Monkey Farm

5
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Step off the beaten path and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Bolas Locas Mini Golf. There's still lots to do: see Off-Road Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, and stop by Papaya Con Leche.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Tamarindo route maker.

Traveling by car from Playa Matapalo to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Montezuma.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 6:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

5
nights
Montezuma

Montezuma ©
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.
Kids will enjoy Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve and Tortuga Island. Explore hidden gems such as Playa Carmen and Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia. Get out of town with these interesting Montezuma side-trips: Kayaking & Canoeing (in Mal Pais) and Santa Teresa (Spas & Wellness & Playa Santa Teresa). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls, explore the galleries of Bri'ah Art Gallery, and stroll through Wild Sun Rescue Center.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Montezuma trip planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Montezuma in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Montezuma

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Santa Teresa, Kayaking & Canoeing, Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve, Tortuga Island
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 11:
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Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve ©
Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Tortuga Island ©
Tortuga Island

2
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Espadilla Norte. Family-friendly places like Parasailing & Paragliding and Playa Biesanz will thrill your kids. There's more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio journey builder site.

Getting from Montezuma to Manuel Antonio by ferry takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Carate.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 13:
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parasailing & Paragliding
Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte

5
nights
Carate

Carate
Carate is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: immerse yourself in nature at Ave Azul de la Osa.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Carate holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Carate takes 5 hours. On the 18th (Sat), you're off to Cahuita.

Things to do in Carate

Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 18:

6
nights
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Punta Uva Beach and Nature Park Walk. Kids will enjoy Nature & Wildlife Tours and La Ceiba. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarantulas Way, admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cahuita day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Carate to Cahuita takes 11 hours. In April in Cahuita, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Limon.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Nature Park Walk
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 24:
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

6
nights
Puerto Limon

Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Explore Limon and Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Veragua Rainforest Park and Tortuguero Canal.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Limon road trip app.

You can drive from Cahuita to Puerto Limon in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Limon

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 30:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Playa Bonita ©
Playa Bonita
Tortuguero Canal ©
Tortuguero Canal

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