31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
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Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 2 nights
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Playa Flamingo
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
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Jaco
— 4 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
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San Jose
— 6 nights
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and take in the awesome beauty at Cabalgata Don Tobias.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning app.

Paris, France to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Paris to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) 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.
On the 3rd (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero trip builder.

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. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car 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.
On the 4th (Wed), stroll through Playa Puerto Viejo. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then stroll through Nature Observatorio.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the history at Parque Nacional Santa Rosa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, use the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste road trip website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Playa Flamingo

— 2 nights

White Beach

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Potrero Beach and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the next day, tee off at Garra de Leon Golf Course and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Playa Flamingo travel route website.

Traveling by car from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Playa Flamingo takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · 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.
Get some historical perspective at Santa Elena Skywalk and Ecological Sanctuary. Step out of the city life by going to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Curi Cancha Reserve. There's more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip website.

Drive from Playa Flamingo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Adventure

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Zipline and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Spend the 16th (Mon) exploring nature at Carara National Park. There's much more to do: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, trot along with a tour on horseback, see Off-Road Tours, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Jaco Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Jaco visit planner.

You can 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 (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Visiting Playa Manuel Antonio and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and Playa Biesanz. Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical) and Kokopelli (in Sierpe). There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and see Off-Road Tours.

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

You can drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

San Jose

— 6 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.
Visit Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles and Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica and Jade Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to ZENfit 506 (in San Rafael de Escazu), Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Souvenir Museum (in Alajuela). There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, shop like a local with Multiplaza, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and explore and take pictures at Top Travel Costa Rica.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Jose travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August in San Jose, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.