23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Jose
— 1 night
2
Sierpe
— Few hours
3
Drake Bay
— 3 nights
4
Sierpe
— Few hours
5
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
6
Jaco
— 2 nights
7
Puntarenas
— Few hours
8
Paquera
— Few hours
9
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
10
Nosara
— 1 night
11
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
12
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
13
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
14
Cahuita
— 4 nights

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night
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.
To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Jose online attractions planner.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiports are Tobias Bolanos International Airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport and Limon International Airport. December in San Jose sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. You will leave for Sierpe on the 15th (Sun).

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 15:

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Sierpe

Sierpe
Take the guesswork out of planning a Sierpe vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from San Jose to Sierpe in 4.5 hours. On the 15th (Sun), you'll travel to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Sierpe

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 16:

3
nights
Drake Bay

Your day by day itinerary now includes Scuba & Snorkeling as well as Sirena Ranger Station. Here are some ideas for day two: get all the information you need at Sirena Ranger Station.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Drake Bay online tour planner.

You can drive from Sierpe to Drake Bay in 2.5 hours. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sierpe.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Sirena Ranger Station
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Sirena Ranger Station ©
Sirena Ranger Station

few
hours
Sierpe

Sierpe
To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Sierpe trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Drake Bay to Sierpe in 2.5 hours. On the 18th (Wed), you're off to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Sierpe

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 19:

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night
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.
For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Sierpe to Manuel Antonio takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 19:

2
nights
Jaco

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): stop by Fruity Monkey Poop.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Jaco day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Puntarenas.

Things to do in Jaco

Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:
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Fruity Monkey Poop ©
Fruity Monkey Poop

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hours
Puntarenas

Puntarenas
A major port city with a busy fish market, for most tourists Puntarenas represents little more than the launching point for ferries heading to the pleasant beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula.
To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Puntarenas route builder app.

Getting from Jaco to Puntarenas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. You'll set off for Paquera on the 21st (Sat).

Things to do in Puntarenas

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:

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hours
Paquera

Paquera
For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Paquera trip planner.

Traveling by car from Puntarenas to Paquera takes 3.5 hours. On the 21st (Sat), you'll travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Paquera

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:

2
nights
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Before you visit Santa Teresa, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Paquera to Santa Teresa takes 1.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Nosara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

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night
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Ostional National Wildlife Refuge has been added to your itinerary. On the 23rd (Mon), stroll through Ostional National Wildlife Refuge.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Nosara day trip planner.

Drive from Santa Teresa to Nosara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Nosara are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Nosara

Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Ostional National Wildlife Refuge
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Ostional National Wildlife Refuge ©
Ostional National Wildlife Refuge

2
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Monkey Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at The Monkey Farm and then stop by Playa Ocotal.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Playas del Coco trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Nosara to Playas del Coco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

The Monkey Farm, Playa Ocotal
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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The Monkey Farm ©
The Monkey Farm
Playa Ocotal ©
Playa Ocotal

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes La Fortuna Waterfall, Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park and Sky Adventures Arenal Park. The adventure continues: get outside with El Salto and take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker.

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Sky Adventures Arenal Park ©
Sky Adventures Arenal Park
Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park ©
Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see photos and tourist information, go to the Tortuguero tour planning app.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 25°C. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Cahuita.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

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nights
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Puerto Viejo Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Punta Uva Beach and Voilo Waterfall. Get outdoors at Playa Cocles and Manzanillo Beach.

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

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Cahuita takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. December in Cahuita sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Voilo Waterfall, Manzanillo Beach
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:
Highlights from your plan
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

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