31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
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Playas del Coco
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
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Playa Samara
— 3 nights
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Monteverde
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Jaco
— 4 nights
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Uvita
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Manuel Antonio
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Punta Uva and Playa Cocles. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate. The adventure continues: browse the fresh offerings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Ceiba.

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San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bogarin Trail and Paradise Hot Springs. ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Onirica Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos with an excursion to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo--about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Venado Caves, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), and take in nature's colorful creations at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Playas del Coco

— 3 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.
Get in touch with nature at Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja and Scuba & Snorkeling. Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Hermosa and Lis Umana Beachwear. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playas del Coco: Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste), Cataratas Llanos de Cortes (in Bagaces) and Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria (in Liberia).

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco trip planning website.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playas del Coco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Off-Road Tours and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Monkey Park. Step out of Tamarindo with an excursion to Potrero Beach in Playa Potrero--about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take in the exciting artwork at Lydia Beech Art Boutique.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip builder.

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Playa Samara

— 3 nights
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Step out of the city life by going to Horseback Riding Tours and Barrigona Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step out of Playa Samara to go to Nosara and see MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carrillo, see Off-Road Tours, and admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Playa Samara trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Children's Eternal Rain Forest. Ecological Sanctuary and Alas y Raices are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: trot along with a tour on horseback, take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery, stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Carara National Park and Off-Road Tours. Visiting Horseback Riding Tours and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Palo Seco Beach in Parrita (about 1 hour away). There's still lots to do: explore by horseback at Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the exciting artwork at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts, and snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Jaco journey maker tool.

Drive from Monteverde to Jaco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Uvita Beach and Playa Ventanas. Discover out-of-the-way places like Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Horseback Riding Tours. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and get outside with Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Uvita holiday planner.

Getting from Jaco to Uvita by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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 discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Rainmaker Park. Take a break from the city and head to Walking tours and Playa Espadilla Norte. There's lots more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, walk around Parque Nahomi, and look for gifts at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.