30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tio Leo Coffee Tour,a real cultural experience and River Rafting & Tubing. Change things up with a short trip to Hidden Garden Art Gallery in Liberia (about 38 minutes away). There's more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco online road trip planner.

Newark, USA to Playas del Coco is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Spas

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 Off-Road Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Potrero Beach (in Playa Potrero) and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo). Spend the 8th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, and stop by Azul Profundo Boutique.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo sightseeing 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 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nosara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Nosara

— 3 nights
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and Spas. Explore Nosara's surroundings by going to Playa Samara (Off-Road Tours & Horseback Riding Tours). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary and kick back and relax at Playa Guiones.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nosara trip planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Nosara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can catch the 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Horseback Riding Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Teresa: Tortuga Island (in Puntarenas) and Spas & Wellness (in Montezuma). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Santa Teresa.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa itinerary maker tool.

You can take a shuttle from Nosara to Santa Teresa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Carara National Park and Costa Rica Dreams Sportfishing. The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaco trip maker tool.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Santa Teresa to Jaco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kayaking & Canoeing and Danyasa Eco-Retreat - Bamboo Yoga Play Studio. When in Uvita, make a side trip to see Horseback Riding Tours in Dominical, approximately Dominical away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Uvita route builder site.

You can drive from Jaco to Uvita in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Horseback Riding Tours and Walking tours. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see Off-Road Tours, don't miss a visit to Marina Pez Vela, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive 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 Horseback Riding Tours. There's much more to do: gain a rich perspective with El Trapiche Tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, and stroll through Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde attractions planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Flow Trips and Safaris. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo, approximately El Castillo away. There's still lots to do: Head underground at Venado Caves, stroll around Bogarin Trail, gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday builder site.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can 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.