30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica travel route planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 4 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 4 nights
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Monteverde

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Jardin de Orquideas San Bosco, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and finally stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde trip itinerary builder app.

Barranquilla, Colombia to Monteverde is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barranquilla to Monteverde due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

Tamarindo

— 3 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Take a break from Tamarindo with a short trip to Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal, about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo holiday maker site.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get interesting insight from Tours, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, and get impressive views of Arenal Volcano.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
On the 13th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tortuguero road trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 4 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.
Spend the 15th (Wed) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, stroll through La Ceiba, and kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca journey website.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

San Jose

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). There's still lots to do: learn the secrets of beer at Carpe Chepe, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Soledad, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In September, daytime highs in San Jose are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio

— 3 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, stroll around Parque Nahomi, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online tour planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Manuel Antonio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Uvita

— 2 nights
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and then kick back and relax at Playa Ventanas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Ultralight Tour, then explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Uvita trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
Jaco is known for adventure, beaches, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get outside with Costa Rica SUP'ers, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Jaco trip maker app.

You can drive from Uvita to Jaco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

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.