31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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San Jose
— 3 nights
Bus
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Quepos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 5 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 5 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.
Bring the kids along to Frogs Heaven and Top Travel Costa Rica. Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Galeria Namu. Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Ruins of the Church of Carthage (in Cartago) and La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens (in Vara Blanca). There's more to do: appreciate the views at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ) and explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos.

For ratings and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip planner.

London, UK to San Jose is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in August, things will get somewhat warmer in San Jose: highs are around 32°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Quepos.

Things to do in San Jose

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos

— 4 nights
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Off-Road Tours. Kids will appreciate attractions like Walking tours and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Quepos: Jaco (Fruity Monkey Poop & Tico Pod Art House & Gifts) and Palo Seco Beach (in Parrita). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take a leisurely stroll along Marina Pez Vela, admire the engineering at Isla Damas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Quepos online travel planner.

You can take a bus from San Jose to Quepos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Uvita

— 5 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 discover tucked-away gems like Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Kokopelli. Family-friendly places like Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge and Kayaking & Canoeing will thrill your kids. Step out of Uvita with an excursion to Nature & Wildlife Tours in Ballena--about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, explore the galleries of Magic Ananda, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Ventanas.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Uvita trip planner.

Traveling by car from Quepos to Uvita takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Bring the kids along to Nature Observatorio and Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. Explore hidden gems such as Punta Uva Beach and Spas. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Ceiba, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca journey builder tool.

Getting from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

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.
Family-friendly places like River Rafting & Tubing and Safaris will thrill your kids. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Venado Caves and Butterfly Conservatory. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, see Off-Road Tours, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to La Fortuna de San Carlos fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Tamarindo

— 5 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates and San Juanillo Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Potrero Beach (in Playa Potrero) and Tio Leo Coffee Tour (in Liberia). There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, step aboard Kingpin Sportfishing, enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and stop by Papaya Con Leche.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo day trip planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Monteverde

— 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as El Trapiche Tour and Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas) and Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. There's lots more to do: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and take a peaceful walk through Children's Eternal Rain Forest.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Monteverde trip builder.

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · 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.

Arenal Volcano National Park travel guide

4.4
Hot Springs · Waterfalls · River Rafting & Tubing
Plan a tour of Arenal Volcano National Park to get in touch with nature, enjoy scenic views, and admire the majestic volcano up close. The park, established in 1991, protects a variety of ecosystems and wildlife. You can choose from four hiking trails, taking you across the rainforest and lava fields. Enjoy scenic lookout points, see a staggering variety of birds and plants, or climb the dormant Mount Chato on your trip to Arenal Volcano National Park.