29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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Drake Bay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cahuita
— 2 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 4 nights
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San Jose

— 2 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.
When in San Jose, make a side trip to see Jardin Botanico Lankester in Cartago, approximately Cartago away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, relax and rejuvenate at Yoga Massage Therapy, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Jose trip app.

London, UK to San Jose is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to San Jose is minus 6 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from London in February, with highs in San Jose at 30°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Vara Blanca

— 1 night
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca trip planner.

You can drive from San Jose to Vara Blanca in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Jaco

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take a memorable tour with Tours and then let the river carry you with Vic-Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: push the limits with an extreme tour, then take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Jaco, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Jaco trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to Jaco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio

— 3 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Spend the 19th (Fri) on the water with a fishing tour. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, take the plunge with Skydive Costa Rica, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Drake Bay

— 3 nights
Change things up with a short trip to Corcovado National Park in Carate (about 1h 10 min away). Spend a day of island exploring on the 22nd (Mon) at Cano Island.

Before you visit Drake Bay, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. On the 23rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Cahuita

— 2 nights
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarantulas Way, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then stroll through Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cahuita route maker website.

You can drive from Drake Bay to Cahuita in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Cahuita to Tortuguero in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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.
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, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, get interesting insight from Tours, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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

Getting from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Tamarindo

— 3 nights
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 Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste), Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal). There's much more to do: stroll through Tamarindo Beach, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, get interesting insight from Tours, and stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo 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 up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Playa Samara

— 2 nights
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): see the top attractions with Wingnuts Canopy Tours, kick back and relax at Playa Guiones, and then browse the exhibits of MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach and then kick back and relax at Samara Beach.

Planning Playa Samara trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Monteverde

— 4 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.
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, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, and look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Monteverde online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

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.