30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Playas del Coco
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Playas del Coco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to Nairobi

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Playas del Coco

— 3 nights

Coco Beach

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Costa Rica'n Art Craft and Hidden Garden Art Gallery. Visit Playa Hermosa and Playa Nacascolo for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playas del Coco: Cataratas Llanos de Cortes (in Bagaces) and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stop by Cata Chocolate.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Playas del Coco trip itinerary planning website.

Nairobi, Kenya to Playas del Coco is an approximately 29.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. Traveling from Nairobi to Playas del Coco, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Spas. Do some cultural sightseeing at Lydia Beech Art Boutique and La Galeria Centro de Arte. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Playa Avellana, see Off-Road Tours, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, and enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Samara

— 3 nights
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Guiones and Horseback Riding Tours. Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Samara Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY in Nosara (about 58 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Barrigona Beach, admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara vacation app.

Drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, then stroll through Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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Drive from Playa Samara to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

Jaco

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Carara National Park and Off-Road Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Horseback Riding Tours and Zipline. There's more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with Costa Rica Dreams Sportfishing and snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Jaco tour itinerary website.

Drive from Monteverde to Jaco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Playa Manuel Antonio and Uvita Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store (in Dominical) and Playa Ventanas (in Ballena). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Safari Adventures, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stroll around Parque Nahomi.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Getting from Jaco to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
On the 20th (Sun), shop like a local with Multiplaza, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ruins of the Church of Carthage.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose vacation app.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. June in San Jose sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then browse the fresh offerings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and then kick back and relax at Playa Punta Uva. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca sightseeing planning site.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tree Chocolate Tour and Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall. Explore La Fortuna de San Carlos' surroundings by going to Laberinto de Katira (in Katira) and Butterfly Conservatory (in El Castillo). There's still lots to do: stroll around Bogarin Trail, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up 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 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.