25 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

25 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Start: Ljubljana
Fly + Drive:  18 h
1
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
San Jose
— 4 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
5
Drake Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
8
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  21 h
End: Ljubljana

1
night
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Vara Blanca day trip planning website.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Vara Blanca is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Ljubljana to Vara Blanca. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature
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4
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, take a memorable tour with Tours, and stroll through Proyecto Asis.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos tour site.

Getting from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
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 12th (Sun): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tortuguero day trip planning app.

You can 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. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Tours
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago), Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Bol Cariari (in San Antonio De Belen). And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Irazu Volcano National Park, see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Jose day trip website.

Drive from Tortuguero to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tortuguero in January: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 30°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, Irazu Volcano National Park, Jardin Botanico Lankester, Poas Volcano, Bol Cariari
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park

3
nights
Drake Bay

Drake Bay ©
Step out of Drake Bay to go to Carate and see Corcovado National Park, which is approximately 2h 45 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 18th (Sat) at Cano Island.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Drake Bay trip tool.

Drive from San Jose to Drake Bay in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Corcovado National Park
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Corcovado National Park ©
Corcovado National Park
Cano Island ©
Cano Island
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Manuel Antonio side-trips: Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers & Zipline). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, and stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip site.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Quepos, Jaco
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk, and relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Monteverde sightseeing site.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk

3
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
When in Tamarindo, make a side trip to see Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal, approximately Playa Conchal away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo tour itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Playa Conchal, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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