29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Tamarindo
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Liberia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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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
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (Garra de Leon Golf Course & Playa Conchal). And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, see Off-Road Tours, and get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo driving holiday planner.

Paramaribo, Suriname to Tamarindo is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Paramaribo to Tamarindo is minus 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Liberia.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Liberia

— 3 nights

White City

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Explore Liberia's surroundings by going to Shark Diving (in Playas del Coco) and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). The adventure continues: experience rural life at Tio Leo Coffee Tour,a real cultural experience, take in the exciting artwork at Costa Rica'n Art Craft, stop by Nahua, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Liberia sightseeing planning site.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Liberia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Liberia

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Monteverde

— 3 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, browse the exhibits of Arte Jaguar Gallery, and get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Liberia to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

Jaco

— 3 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.
Spend the 5th (Wed) exploring nature at Carara National Park. There's much more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, see Off-Road Tours, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Jaco trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Jaco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Dominical (Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store & Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, see Off-Road Tours, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, stop by Chieton Moren, see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero online travel route planner.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
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 trip includes some of its best attractions: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, trot along with a tour on horseback, take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, and get outside with El Salto.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos visit planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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.