29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to Vara Blanca
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Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 7 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
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Vara Blanca

— 2 nights
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vara Blanca: La Virgen (Tirimbina Biological Reserve & Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park) and Parque Central De Grecia (in Grecia). There's more to do: admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and join in the after-dark buzz at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Vara Blanca is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Vara Blanca. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Nightlife

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 7 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.
Bring the kids along to River Rafting & Tubing and La Fortuna Waterfall. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights, take a memorable tour with Tours, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

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You can drive from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

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You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): stroll through Tarantulas Way and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online attractions planner.

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 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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.
Bring the kids along to Playa Manuel Antonio and Off-Road Tours. Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Uvita (Spas & Wellness & Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge). There's lots more to do: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, and stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Manuel Antonio takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Jaco

— 4 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.
Bring the kids along to Zipline and Off-Road Tours. Spend the 1st (Fri) exploring nature at Carara National Park. There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge, make a trip to Mirador de Jaco, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Jaco travel tool.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

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.
Bring the kids along to Zipline and El Trapiche Tour. There's much more to do: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, and delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Monteverde vacation planner.

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

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Tamarindo

— 4 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Bring the kids along to Tamarindo Beach and Spas. Step out of Tamarindo with an excursion to Playa Danta in Las Catalinas--about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stroll through Monkey Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana, and get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo day trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

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.