30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Nosara
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Jaco
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Fly
6
Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Drive
7
San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
10
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
Shuttle to Playa Panamá, Fly to Amsterdam

S M T W T F S
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3

Tamarindo

— 2 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore Tamarindo's surroundings by going to Tio Leo Coffee Tour (in Liberia) and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours, kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, and look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tamarindo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Tamarindo. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Nosara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Nosara

— 2 nights
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Samara Beach, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Guiones and then kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nosara online visit planner.

Drive from Tamarindo to Nosara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Nosara

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

Monteverde

— 3 nights
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, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin de Orquideas San Bosco, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planner.

Drive from Nosara to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Jaco

— 4 nights
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Spend the 11th (Fri) exploring nature at Carara National Park. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get great views at Mirador de Jaco, and look for gifts at Fruity Monkey Poop.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaco day trip website.

You can drive from Monteverde to Jaco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio

— 4 nights
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: Dominical (Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary & Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store), Kokopelli (in Sierpe) and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena (in Uvita). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio travel route planning website.

Getting from Jaco to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Poas Volcano National Park

— 1 night
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano and then admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Poas Volcano National Park day trip planning site.

Fly from Manuel Antonio to Poas Volcano National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

San Jose

— 3 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting San Jose side-trips: Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca), Alajuela (Teatro Municipal & Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center) and ZENfit 506 (in San Rafael de Escazu). There's still lots to do: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom.

To plan San Jose vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Poas Volcano National Park to San Jose by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 2 nights

Walaba

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.
On the 21st (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, then admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca journey planner.

You can drive from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

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 23rd (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in June, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 6 nights
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: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, and stroll through Proyecto Asis.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.