29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica journey maker

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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
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San Jose
— 4 nights
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Jaco
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, and get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo online trip maker.

Montreal, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montreal to Tamarindo due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, and get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Monteverde visit planning site.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 6 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: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, stroll around Bogarin Trail, and take in the views from Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

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.
On the 14th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 3 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.
Spend the 16th (Tue) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio, and kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

San Jose

— 4 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: Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago). There's lots more to do: see Carpe Chepe, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, get impressive views of Irazu Volcano National Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Soledad.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose route planning website.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. November in San Jose sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Jaco is known for adventure, beaches, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the views from Tarcoles Bridge, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Jaco trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Jaco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio

— 5 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Venture out of the city with trips to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical) and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita). Spend the 26th (Fri) on the water with a fishing tour. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park, trot along with a tour on horseback, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio day trip tool.

You can drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 29th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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.