31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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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
Shuttle
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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
— 2 nights
Drive
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Drake Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 4 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Tio Leo Coffee Tour,a real cultural experience (in Liberia), Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal). There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, and get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo road trip website.

Newark, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to San Jose.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center (in Alajuela) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). Next up on the itinerary: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, browse the exhibits of Galeria Namu, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Jose trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Tamarindo to San Jose by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In July in San Jose, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can take a shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Museums · Parks · Nightlife

Side Trips

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, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Take a shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

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Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
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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 16th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Drake Bay

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Cano Island. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Naturaseekers and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Drake Bay online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Drake Bay in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Tours

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Dominical (Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store & Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary), Kokopelli (in Sierpe) and Spas & Wellness (in Uvita). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio route planner.

You can drive from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Jaco

— 4 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.
Spend the 27th (Tue) exploring nature at Carara National Park. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, stop by Dantica Gallery, see Off-Road Tours, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Jaco holiday maker tool.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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, relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, and take in the exciting artwork at Alas y Raices.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip builder tool.

You can drive from Jaco to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 31st (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours

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.