30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica tour planner

Make it your trip
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San Jose
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 1 night
Drive
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Quepos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 4 nights
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San Jose

— 2 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.
Visit Ruins of the Church of Carthage and Iglesia La Soledad for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and Top Travel Costa Rica. Step out of San Jose with an excursion to Teatro Municipal in Alajuela--about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: have fun and explore at Museo de los Ninos, stroll around Parque La Sabana, look for gifts at Va de nuevo, and revel in the low prices at Mercado Municipal De Artesanias.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Jose itinerary app.

London, UK to San Jose is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 6 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in June; daily highs in San Jose reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can take a shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and La Fortuna Waterfall. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, and browse the exhibits of Galeria Estudio.

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Traveling by shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Monteverde

— 4 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.
Get some historical perspective at Ecological Sanctuary and Santa Elena Skywalk. Get outdoors at Zipline and Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, and view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · 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.
On the 27th (Sun), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and then look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique. On your second day here, tee off at Garra de Leon Golf Course and then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal.

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Drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Tortuguero

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): head outdoors with Jungle Tom Safaris Day Tours and then learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Tortuguero takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. In June, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

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.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Cahuita National Park. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Puerto Viejo and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Punta Uva.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary planning app.

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 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Uvita

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, then stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Uvita trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Quepos.

Things to do in Uvita

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Quepos

— 3 nights
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Spend the 6th (Tue) on the water with a fishing tour. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see Off-Road Tours, and view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Quepos online trip maker.

Getting from Uvita to Quepos by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Jaco

— 2 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.
Get in touch with nature at Zipline and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's lots more to do: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, stroll through Jaco Beach, make a trip to Mirador de Jaco, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Jaco trip maker tool.

Drive from Quepos to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Shopping

Side Trip

San Jose

— 4 nights
Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles and Pre-Columbian Gold Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. See some other sides of San Jose: get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana), explore the striking landscape of Irazu Volcano National Park, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Jose trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Jaco to San Jose takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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.

Arenal Volcano National Park travel guide

4.4
Hot Springs · Waterfalls · River Rafting & Tubing
Plan a tour of Arenal Volcano National Park to get in touch with nature, enjoy scenic views, and admire the majestic volcano up close. The park, established in 1991, protects a variety of ecosystems and wildlife. You can choose from four hiking trails, taking you across the rainforest and lava fields. Enjoy scenic lookout points, see a staggering variety of birds and plants, or climb the dormant Mount Chato on your trip to Arenal Volcano National Park.