29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 4 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
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Drake Bay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 3 nights
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Irazu Volcano National Park, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and browse the exhibits of Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip itinerary builder website.

Cluj-Napoca, Romania to San Jose is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Cluj-Napoca to San Jose due to the time zone difference. In December, San Jose is much warmer than Cluj-Napoca - with highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

1
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Tortuguero

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero online trip planner.

You can drive from San Jose to Tortuguero in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In December in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarantulas Way and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip site.

Getting from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

3
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Drake Bay

When in Drake Bay, make a side trip to see Corcovado National Park in Carate, approximately Carate away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 20th (Sun) at Cano Island.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Drake Bay trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Drake Bay takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

3
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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.
When in Manuel Antonio, make a side trip to see Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge in Uvita, approximately Uvita away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, stroll around Parque Nahomi, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

3
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Jaco

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. And it doesn't end there: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in the views from Tarcoles Bridge, and stop by Fruity Monkey Poop.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Jaco attractions website.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Jaco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, and delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planner.

Getting from Jaco to Monteverde by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December in Monteverde, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

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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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and get impressive views of Arenal Volcano.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder website.

Drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (Garra de Leon Golf Course & Playa Conchal). The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo tour planning app.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

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.