30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  15​h
1
San Jose
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
2
San Pedro de Poas
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Horquetas
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Orosi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
San Gerardo de Dota
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Ojochal
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Manuel Antonio
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Tarcoles
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Cano Negro
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
11
Playa Hermosa
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
12
Playas del Coco
— 7 nights
Drive:  30​min
13
Liberia
— Few hours
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Vancouver

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San Jose

San Jose
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.
To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Jose trip itinerary builder app .

Vancouver, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Vancouver to San Jose, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Vancouver in February: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 30°C and lows are around 21°C. On the 18th (Tue), you'll travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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San Pedro de Poas

San Pedro de Poas
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): get great views at Mirador Huequecura.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Pedro de Poas online trip builder .

Traveling by car from San Jose to San Pedro de Poas takes an hour. When traveling from San Jose in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Pedro de Poas, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. You will leave for Horquetas on the 19th (Wed).

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nights
Horquetas

Horquetas
To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Horquetas trip planner .

Traveling by car from Poas Volcano National Park to Horquetas takes 2 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Orosi.

Things to do in Horquetas

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

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Orosi

Orosi ©
Tapanti National Park has been added to your itinerary.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Orosi trip planner .

Traveling by car from Horquetas to Orosi takes 2.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Orosi are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Gerardo de Dota.

Things to do in Orosi

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tapanti National Park ©
Tapanti National Park

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San Gerardo de Dota

San Gerardo de Dota ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cerro de la Muerte (Peak of Death). Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cerro de la Muerte (Peak of Death).

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Gerardo de Dota trip builder app .

Getting from Orosi to San Gerardo de Dota by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Ojochal.

Things to do in San Gerardo de Dota

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Cerro de la Muerte (Peak of Death)
Highlights from your plan
Cerro de la Muerte (Peak of Death) ©
Cerro de la Muerte (Peak of Death)

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Ojochal

Ojochal ©
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): stroll through Playa Ventanas and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oro Verde Biological Reserve.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ojochal online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from San Gerardo de Dota to Ojochal takes 3 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Thu) before leaving for Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Ojochal

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Uvita, Playa Ventanas
Highlights from your plan
Marino Ballena National Park ©
Marino Ballena National Park

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Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online trip maker .

You can drive from Ojochal to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. You'll set off for Tarcoles on the 27th (Thu).

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

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Tarcoles

Tarcoles ©
You've now added Vic-Tours to your itinerary.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Tarcoles trip tool .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Tarcoles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tarcoles

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Vic-Tours
Highlights from your plan
Vic-Tours ©
Vic-Tours

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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've now added Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park to your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Los Lagos Hot Springs and Venado Caves.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Tarcoles to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Fri) before leaving for Cano Negro.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
Highlights from your plan
Los Lagos Hot Springs ©
Los Lagos Hot Springs
Venado Caves ©
Venado Caves
Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park ©

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Cano Negro

Cano Negro
To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cano Negro trip planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cano Negro in 2.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 25°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sat) before leaving for Playa Hermosa.

Things to do in Cano Negro

Tours Outdoors Parks

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night
Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa ©
To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Playa Hermosa trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Cano Negro to Playa Hermosa takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

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Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Palo Verde Boat Tours. Get outdoors at Playas del coco and Playa Ocotal.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco trip planning tool .

Playas del Coco is just a short distance from Playa Hermosa. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Mon) before leaving for Liberia.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Province of Guanacaste
Highlights from your plan
Playa Ocotal ©
Playa Ocotal
Palo Verde Boat Tours ©
Palo Verde Boat Tours
Playas del coco ©
Playas del coco

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Liberia

Liberia
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Liberia online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Liberia takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 16th (Mon).

Things to do in Liberia

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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