31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Tamarindo
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Jose
— 4 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
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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.
Explore Tamarindo's surroundings by going to Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Playa Samara (Playa Buena Vista & Samara Beach). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo tour planner.

Newark, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 10-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 18th (Mon) early enough to fly to San Jose.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

San Jose

— 4 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.
When in San Jose, make a side trip to see Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center in Alajuela, approximately Alajuela away. There's lots more to do: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, relax and rejuvenate at Yoga Massage Therapy, take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Jose trip planner.

You can fly from Tamarindo to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In April, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Museums · Parks · Nightlife

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Dominical (Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary & Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store) and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz, delve into the lush surroundings at Birding Spots Manuel Antonio, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

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.
Jaco is known for adventure, beaches, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Outdoor Activities, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Jaco trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Monteverde takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Nature

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, do sightseeing your way with Cabalgata Don Tobias, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder tool.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Tortuguero

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero itinerary planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 3 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.
Spend the 12th (Thu) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Viejo, and stroll through Tarantulas Way.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Vara Blanca

— 2 nights
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 14th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Vara Blanca trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Vara Blanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.