33 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

33 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Alajuela
— 1 night
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
3
Monteverde
— 3 nights
4
San Gerardo de Dota
— 5 nights
5
Perez Zeledon
— 1 night
6
Uvita
— 3 nights
7
Sierpe
— 2 nights
8
Puerto Jimenez
— 2 nights
9
Cartago
— 2 nights
10
Cahuita
— 2 nights
11
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
12
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
13
Alajuela
— 1 night

1
night
Alajuela

Alajuela
To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Alajuela road trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Alajuela is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Alajuela. You will leave for La Fortuna de San Carlos on the 27th (Tue).

Things to do in Alajuela

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) and Ecocentro Danaus. Visiting Paradise Hot Springs and Arenal Natura Ecological Park will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: get outside with El Salto and witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker tool.

La Fortuna de San Carlos is just a stone's throw from Alajuela. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trip

Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
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Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) ©
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Valle Escondido Preserve and The Bat Jungle. Get outdoors at Ecological Sanctuary and Middle Earth Thermal Springs. There's lots more to do: stroll through Curi Cancha Reserve, look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, and browse the exhibits of Arte Jaguar Gallery.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Gerardo de Dota.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Middle Earth Thermal Springs
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Valle Escondido Preserve ©
Valle Escondido Preserve
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

5
nights
San Gerardo de Dota

San Gerardo de Dota ©
Take a break from the city and head to Rainmaker Park and Tapanti National Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Palo Seco Beach and Los Cusingos Neotropical Bird Sanctuary. Step out of San Gerardo de Dota with an excursion to Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum in Orosi--about 2 hours away.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Gerardo de Dota trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to San Gerardo de Dota takes 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Perez Zeledon.

Things to do in San Gerardo de Dota

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Parrita, Orosi, Los Cusingos Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Cerro de la Muerte
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Palo Seco Beach ©
Palo Seco Beach
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Tapanti National Park ©
Tapanti National Park

1
night
Perez Zeledon

Perez Zeledon ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cloudbridge Nature Reserve.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Perez Zeledon trip planner.

You can drive from San Gerardo de Dota to Perez Zeledon in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Perez Zeledon

Parks · Wildlife
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Cloudbridge Nature Reserve ©
Cloudbridge Nature Reserve

3
nights
Uvita

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.
Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. The adventure continues: stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Uvita attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Perez Zeledon to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. You'll set off for Sierpe on the 14th (Wed).

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store ©

2
nights
Sierpe

Sierpe ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): examine the collection at El Sitio Museo Finca 6. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Kokopelli.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sierpe vacation planner.

You can drive from Uvita to Sierpe in an hour. You'll set off for Puerto Jimenez on the 16th (Fri).

Things to do in Sierpe

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

El Sitio Museo Finca 6
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Kokopelli ©
Kokopelli
El Sitio Museo Finca 6 ©
El Sitio Museo Finca 6

2
nights
Puerto Jimenez

Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): look for gifts at Jagua Arts and Crafts. On the next day, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Jimenez online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sierpe to Puerto Jimenez in 2 hours. You'll set off for Cartago on the 18th (Sun).

Things to do in Puerto Jimenez

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing
Jagua Arts and Crafts ©
Jagua Arts and Crafts

2
nights
Cartago

Cartago
Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25km east of the capital, San José. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): head outdoors with Refugio de Vida Silvestre La Marta and then hunt for treasures at Cartago Central Market.

Plan a trip to Cartago easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Getting from Puerto Jimenez to Cartago by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in Cartago

Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 20:

2
nights
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and then stroll through Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Bonita.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cahuita trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Cartago to Cahuita in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Puerto Limon
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Playa Bonita ©
Playa Bonita
Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus ©
Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus

4
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Cocles and Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve. Get in touch with nature at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita and Puerto Viejo Beach. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Nature Park Walk and take in the exciting artwork at Luluberlu Art Gallery.

For photos and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip planner.

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is just a short distance from Cahuita. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Nature Park Walk
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita ©
La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then get a taste of local nightlife at Tortuguero Adventures. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero travel route planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Alajuela.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Nightlife
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Tortuguero Adventures ©
Tortuguero Adventures
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

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night
Alajuela

Alajuela ©
On the 28th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co..

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Alajuela trip planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Alajuela in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Alajuela

Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

San Jose
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Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co. ©
Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co.
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

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