25 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

25 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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25 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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
taxi + bus:  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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Mirador Huequecura and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Vara Blanca sightseeing planner .

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Vara Blanca is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Ljubljana to Vara Blanca. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mirador Huequecura
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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, parks, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos planning website .

You can drive from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough 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
River Rafting & Tubing
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): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero trip itinerary site .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Adventure
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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: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Teatro Nacional Costa Rica, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and browse the exhibits of Galeria Namu.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Tortuguero to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Prepare for slightly colder 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

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

3
nights
Drake Bay

Drake Bay ©
Change things up with a short trip to Corcovado National Park in Carate (about 1h 10 min away). Spend a day of island exploring on the 18th (Sat) at Cano Island.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Drake Bay visit planner.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers & Zipline). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, see Off-Road Tours, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip website .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive 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
Zipline
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park

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, nightlife, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Monteverde vacation site .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Other options are to 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 Adventure
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Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal (about 38 minutes away). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo itinerary planner .

Getting from Monteverde to Tamarindo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

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

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