31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly + Drive:  21​h 30​min
1
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Turrialba
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  3​h 30​min
8
San Jose
— 7 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Tel Aviv

2
nights
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Visiting Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja and Llanos de Cortez Waterfall will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Area de Conservacion Guanacaste side-trips: Playas del Coco (Cata Chocolate & Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts), Rio Negro Hot Springs (in Rincon de La Vieja) and Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa).

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste road trip app .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 8 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Rio Negro Hot Springs, Playa Hermosa
Highlights from your plan
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

3
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Family-friendly places like Tamarindo Beach and Playa Conchal will thrill your kids. Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Playa Avellana. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates and explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo itinerary site .

Getting from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Tamarindo by car takes about 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Playa Conchal, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

3
nights
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Step out of the city life by going to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Curi Cancha Reserve. Bring the kids along to Ecological Sanctuary and Monteverde Frog Pond. There's lots more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Bat Jungle, explore the world behind art at Monteverde Chorotega Arts & Crafts, and look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Monteverde route planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

6
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Tabacon Hot Springs. Get some cultural insight at Galeria Estudio and Onirica Art Gallery. There's still lots to do: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves, take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

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

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

4
nights
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Attractions like Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Playas Gemelas. Pack the 20th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Rancho Tipico Don Juan. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty, and look for gifts at Super Joseth.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio vacation planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Turrialba.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trip

The Captain's Booty
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Turrialba

Turrialba ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore the ancient world of Guayabo National Park and Monument.

To plan Turrialba vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Turrialba in 4.5 hours. August in Turrialba sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Turrialba

Nature Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Guayabo National Park and Monument ©
Guayabo National Park and Monument

2
nights
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
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 22nd (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then tour the water at your own pace with Tortuguero Adventures.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tortuguero online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Turrialba to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Turrialba in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Tortuguero, with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Tortuguero Adventures ©
Tortuguero Adventures
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

7
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
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 Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles) and Ruinas de Ujarras for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Precolumbian Gold Museum and Jade Museum. Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park), La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca) and Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro). Spend the 29th (Wed) exploring nature at Refugio de Vida Silvestre Cerro Dantas. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Espana, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and stop by Chieton Moren.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip itinerary planning app .

Take a shuttle from Tortuguero to San Jose in 3.5 hours. In August, San Jose is a bit cooler than Tortuguero - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion, Toucan Rescue Ranch, J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, Refugio de Vida Silvestre Cerro Dantas
Highlights from your plan
Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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