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Costa rica itineraries

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Check out all the one week, two week, and three week itineraries!

Each Costa Rica itinerary includes detailed plans, the best activities, great places to eat, money-saving tips, and more.

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costa rica One week itineraries

Discover the best way to see Costa Rica in a short amount of time. We like to stick to only a few places for one week to really embrace the vibe.

Jaco (day 1) → Manuel Antonio (day 2, 3) → Uvita (day 4, 5, 6) → Airport Area (day 7) → Leave paradise (day 8)

  • Hike in a national park
  • Relax on a beautiful beach
  • Try surfing or SUP
  • Watch the beautiful sunset

Airport Area (day 1) → Manuel Antonio (day 2, 3) → Jaco (day 4) → La Fortuna (day 5, 6) → Airport Area (day 7) → Leave paradise (day 8)

  • Visit the top of a volcano
  • Explore a national park
  • See a waterfall up close
  • Try surfing or SUP

Airport Area (day 1) → La Fortuna (day 2, 3, 4) → Monteverde (day 5, 6) → Airport Area (day 7) → Leave paradise (day 8)

  • Take a wildlife night hike
  • Swim under a waterfall
  • Eat in a treehouse
  • Relax in a hot spring

costa rica Two week itineraries

See all the best of the paradise that is Costa Rica. These itineraries are great for really getting a feel for Costa Rica.

Airport Area (day 1, 2) → La Fortuna (day 3, 4, 5) → Monteverde (day 6, 7) → Playas del Coco (day 8, 9, 10) → Tamarindo (day 11, 12, 13) → Airport Area (day 14) → Leave paradise (day 14)

  • Go on a wildlife night tour
  • Go on a snorkel & boat trip
  • Hike in a cloud forest
  • Relax at a beach bar

Airport Area (day 1) → La Fortuna (day 2, 3, 4) → Monteverde (day 5,6) → Samara (day 7, 8, 9) → Nosara (day 10) → Tamarindo (day 11, 12, 13) → Airport area (day 14) → Leave paradise (day 15)

  • Learn how to surf
  • Relax at a beach bar
  • Climb to the top of a ficus tree
  • Go white water rafting

Airport Area (day 1) → Tortuguero (day 2, 3) → Cahuita (day 4, 5, 6) → Puerto Viejo (day 7, 8) → Bocas del Toro (day 9, 10, 11, 12) → Airport Area (day 13) → Leave paradise (day 14)

  • Hike in a national park
  • Watch sea turtles lay their eggs
  • Watch the sunrise
  • Visit secret beaches

costa rica Three week itineraries

Explore Costa Rica’s best in great detail. These itineraries involve a lot of driving, but are very manageable.

Airport Area (day 1) → Uvita (day 2, 3, 5) → Manuel Antonio (day 5,6) → Jaco (day 7) → Montezuma (day 8, 9, 10) → Samara (day 11, 12, 13) → Nosara (day 14)→ Tamarindo (day 15, 16, 17)→ Playas del Coco → (day 18, 19) → Airport Area (day 20) → Leave paradise (day 21)

  • Go hiking and see wildlife
  • Try surfing
  • Enjoy a beach bar cocktail
  • Watch the beautiful sunset

Airport Area (day 1, 2) → Cahuita (day 3, 4, 5) → Tortuguero (day 6, 7) → La Fortuna (day 8, 9, 10) →  Monteverde (day 11, 12) → Manuel Antonio (day 13, 14) → Uvita (day 15, 16, 17)→ San Gerardo de Dota (day 18, 19)→ Airport Area (day 20) → Leave paradise (day 21)

  • Watch sea turtles lay their eggs
  • Eat tasty authentic food
  • Take a wildlife night tour
  • Go hiking in a national park
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Christian

Hello, I am really learning a lot from your blog and LOVE all the info. I have made a mock itinerary of places I’d like to visit and the order. Having never been to Costa Rica, can you tell me if this makes sense and is feasible? Also. Any suggestions on how many days would I need to take to see all of these places and enjoy them? Fly into Liberia, stop at Playas Del Cocoa as I head towards Tamarindo. Next stop Montezuma. Next Monteverde followed by La Fortuna. Then head back to Liberia Airport. Does this make sense?… Read more »

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Brooke

What great pre-made itineraries!!!!! You are so helpful, that I thought I’d ask your opinion and suggestions 🙂 We will be in Costa for the last 9 nights of November. Last year we travelled the Uvita area, and monteverde, with one night at Hermosa (north) and wanted to do more of a Nicoya peninsula trip this time. We love hiking, and one big goal of this trip will be the turtles nesting. We were hoping to only stay in two (or perhaps even one) place this time to not loose those travel days like we did on our last trip!… Read more »

Mindy Naticchioni
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Mindy Naticchioni

I love this blog! We are planning a 10 day hike, beach, and surf trip for early December. I’ve been pouring through your site for cool relaxed hippie locations. Any additional recommendations or 10 day tour suggestions? Keep up the great content!

Cale
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Cale

Hi, thanks for your great blogs! i’m overwhelmed trying to organize a trip to costa rica for me (the mom) and my three kids (9 boy,15 girl,17 boy) to CR. I was planning to rent an SUV (can my 17 year old licensed teen drive it?) but now i’m worried i’m taking on too much spearheading and navigating. Not sure i can afford transports around the country for all four of us though. Dates are 2.30 p.m. 7/31 to 3 p.m. 8/14. Thinking Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde, Fortuna, and then beach (was going to do Manuel Antonio but what should we… Read more »

Ashley Bush
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Ashley Bush

Thank you for this information! So helpful! We are visiting and volunteering on our honeymoon in November. We want to visit multiple cities in a week, but I’m unsure which areas are optimal with November weather. Any suggestions?

SheaK
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SheaK

Hi – I’m trying to convert these itineraries coming in and out of Liberia airport. do you have itineraries or suggestions for 7day jungle adventure (or mixed jungle/beach!) that would work for Liberia start/finish? I’m looking at Tenoria Nat’l park but Monteverde looks great too. and I’ve seen that Puerto Viejo has great Afro Caribbean music festivals about the time we’ll be there (next week end March) also – we have rented a car (Adobe thru your site!) from the airport.

Laura Johnson
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Laura Johnson

Hi There! Hubs and I are planning our 5 year anniversary trip to Costa Rica this Christmas and like your adventure 14 day trip. We’d like to rent a AirBNB as I love to cook – and the savings!! Where would you recommend is the best inbetween place so less drive time?

Chad Dagenhart
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Chad Dagenhart

Hi Guys, I am looking to do some Spanish Immersion when I get to Central America in mid January. I am flying into Costa Rica, was planning to backtrack to Nicaragua then back into Costa Rica to Panama to Colombia. Do you know any good cities to do Spanish immersion at a fair price for good program for 1-2 weeks. Or maybe I should do it in Nicaragua?

Wei
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Wei

Hi, Sarah and Thomas: My family is planning a trip to Costa Rica, with 2 adults and 2 girls. I would like to get some help from you since you are the expert in this country. – we want to stay relaxed and be flexible. Do you think we can find local tour guide whenever we want? What I mean is if we can find safe and good quality tour in the local area for maybe the next day. A good way is to through a nice and helpful house owner who can help us arrange, but it is by… Read more »