31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary maker

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San Jose
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 4 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
Drive
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Cano Negro
— 1 night
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
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San Jose

— 3 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.
Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to ZENfit 506 (in San Rafael de Escazu) and Cartago (Jardin Botanico Lankester & Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles). Next up on the itinerary: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Irazu Volcano National Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Jose vacation maker site.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to San Jose. In June in San Jose, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Tamarindo.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa), Tio Leo Coffee Tour,a real cultural experience (in Liberia) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal). There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip itinerary planner.

Getting from San Jose to Tamarindo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde tour planning website.

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Nature

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 28th (Mon) exploring nature at Carara National Park. There's still lots to do: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and tee off at Tee Times Costa Rica.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Jaco day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Jaco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio

— 5 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 Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Dominical (Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary & Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store), Uvita (Spas & Wellness & Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge) and Kokopelli (in Sierpe). There's still lots to do: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, trot along with a tour on horseback, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Getting from Jaco to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Vara Blanca

— 1 night
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca online route planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

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: get outside with Outdoor Activities, trot along with a tour on horseback, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip builder.

Getting from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cano Negro.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Cano Negro

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cano Negro day trip tool.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cano Negro in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Cano Negro

Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your 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 12th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero travel route planning website.

Drive from Cano Negro to Tortuguero in 4.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cano Negro in July: highs in Tortuguero hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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.