30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica journey planner

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Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Playas del Coco
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Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nosara
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
Bus to Malpais, Ferry to Jaco
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Jaco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Fly to Newark

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Playas del Coco

— 2 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Hidden Garden Art Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to Tio Leo Coffee Tour,a real cultural experience in Liberia (about 34 minutes away). There's more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco trip planner.

Newark, USA to Playas del Coco is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to Playas del Coco due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Adventure · Spas · Parks

Side Trips

Tamarindo

— 4 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pura Aventura and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Potrero Beach (in Playa Potrero) and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo). The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, see Off-Road Tours, and stop by Azul Profundo Boutique.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tamarindo trip maker.

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 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nosara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trips

Nosara

— 3 nights
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Spas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nosara: Playa Samara (Off-Road Tours & Dolphin & Whale Watching). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary and kick back and relax at Playa Guiones.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Nosara online tour planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Nosara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to take a shuttle to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Nosara

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Santa Teresa

— 3 nights
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Horseback Riding Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Tortuga Island (in Puntarenas) and Spas & Wellness (in Montezuma). It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa and kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Santa Teresa trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Nosara to Santa Teresa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Jaco.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Costa Rica Dreams Sportfishing and Spas. Spend the 17th (Fri) exploring nature at Carara National Park. There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Jaco attractions planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Santa Teresa to Jaco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Uvita

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Uvita Beach. When in Uvita, make a side trip to see Horseback Riding Tours in Dominical, approximately Dominical away. The adventure continues: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, relax and rejuvenate at Danyasa Eco-Retreat - Bamboo Yoga Play Studio, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Reptilandia.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Uvita trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Jaco to Uvita by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Spas and Horseback Riding Tours. And it doesn't end there: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the waterfront at Marina Pez Vela, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To plan Manuel Antonio vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas) and Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, and catch some excitement at El Trapiche Tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde road trip app.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Fun & Games

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 5 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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Venado Caves and Bogarin Trail. Take a break from La Fortuna de San Carlos with a short trip to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo, about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get outside with Flow Trips, hike along Arenal 1968 Volcano View & Trails, see Off-Road Tours, and take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · 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.