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
Drive
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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
Drive
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting San Jose side-trips: Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Irazu Volcano National Park, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Soledad.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose trip planner.

Cluj-Napoca, Romania to San Jose is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Traveling from Cluj-Napoca to San Jose, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Cluj-Napoca in December: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can 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.
On the 17th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Tortuguero takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Tarantulas Way and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Drake Bay trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Drake Bay in 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.
Take a break from Manuel Antonio with a short trip to Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge in Uvita, about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, walk around Manuel Antonio National Park, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip planning site.

Getting from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive 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. There's lots more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for gifts at Fruity Monkey Poop, take a memorable tour with Tours, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Jaco attractions planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

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: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, and explore the galleries of Alas y Raices.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde driving holiday app.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Monteverde takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December in Monteverde, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 32°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car 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, walk around Bogarin Trail, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stroll through Proyecto Asis.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 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 · Wildlife

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.
Explore Tamarindo's surroundings by going to Playa Conchal (Playa Conchal & Garra de Leon Golf Course). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, 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 see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo visit planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time 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.