The following itineraries will give you a taste of everything that’s addictive about Costa Rica. From the wildlife-rich wetlands of the north to the remote rainforests of the south, from surf-lashed Pacific beaches to nesting turtles on the Atlantic coast, there is something for everyone, whether you’re stringing together a hit-list of the country’s must-see sights or looking to get back to Mother Nature for a week or two.
If you are planning your travel to Costa Rica by yourself, check out these itineraries created by our travel writers as a starting point for inspiration. Or check out the best hikes in Costa Rica, the best beaches, or in general things not to miss when travelling in Costa Rica.
Diverse and abundant, Costa Rica’s wildlife is the country’s single biggest attraction. Allow a minimum of three weeks for the below, longer if you want to go deeper into Corcovado.
All the big hitters, from volcanoes to beaches via wildlife-rich national parks, can be ticked off on a simple, fairly central two-week circuit.
Costa Rica is one giant natural playground. You could spend months just surfing the waves at Santa Teresa and Mal País, but three weeks should be enough to cover the below.