30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Cartago
— 1 night
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Tortuguero
— 3 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 7 nights
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Monteverde
— 4 nights
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
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Nosara
— 3 nights
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights

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Cartago

Cartago ©
Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25km east of the capital, San José. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get outside with Mirador de Ujarras and then get outside with Refugio de Vida Silvestre La Marta.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cartago trip itinerary builder.

San Jose to Cartago is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Cartago

Outdoors · Historic Sites

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Outdoor Activity
Mirador de Ujarras
4.7

3
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Tortuguero

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kayaking & Canoeing and Tortuguero National Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Sea Turtle Conservancy and Caribbean Botanical Garden.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero itinerary builder site.

Getting from Cartago to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in February, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing
4.5
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Natural History Museum
Sea Turtle Conservancy
4.2

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.
On the 21st (Fri), stroll through Redfrogteam Biological Station and then admire all the interesting features of Nature Park Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then take in the exciting artwork at Luluberlu Art Gallery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip planning site.

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 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
4.8
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Art Gallery
Luluberlu Art Gallery
4.1

3
nights
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Espadilla Norte and Playa Ventanas. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Barraba's Surf. Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Dominical (Parasailing & Paragliding & Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store). There's more to do: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and do sightseeing your way with Mulguri Adventure.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Manuel Antonio in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

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7
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos. Get outdoors at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) and Los Lagos Hot Springs. Explore La Fortuna de San Carlos' surroundings by going to Butterfly Conservatory (in El Castillo), Tenorio National Park (in Buena Vista) and La Virgen (Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park & Kayaking & Canoeing). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, trek along Arenal 1968 Trail, and take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

Plan my La Fortuna de San Carlos trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Must see
Venado Caves
4.7

4
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and San Luis Waterfall. Get outdoors at Valle Escondido Preserve and Sustainability Demonstration Center. When in Monteverde, make a side trip to see Superman De Osa in Puntarenas, approximately Puntarenas away. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, explore by horseback at Finca el Rodeo, examine the collection at Chorotega Arts & Crafts, and view the masterpieces at Sarah's Gallery.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Monteverde trip planning app.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

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Historic Walking Area
Ecological Sanctuary
4.2
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Nature / Park
Valle Escondido Preserve
4.4

4
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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.
Visit Playa Danta and Playa Flamingo for some beach relaxation. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. Step out of Tamarindo with an excursion to Playa Dantita in Las Catalinas--about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours, stop by Papaya Con Leche, get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo travel itinerary planner.

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 on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nosara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

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Off-Road Tour
Off-Road Tours
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Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing
5.0

3
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Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Garza and Playa Buena Vista. Discover out-of-the-way places like Puerto Carrillo and Werner Sauter Biological Reserve. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nosara: Playa Samara (Belen Waterfall & Koss Art Gallery). The adventure continues: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Nosara travel route planning website.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Nosara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the shuttle to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Nosara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

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Beach
Playa Garza
4.9

2
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Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): head off the coast to Isla de Cabuya, browse the exhibits of Bri'ah Art Gallery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa itinerary planning website.

Take a shuttle from Nosara to Santa Teresa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Spas

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Must see
Playa Carmen
4.4
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Spas & Wellness
4.9
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Island
Isla de Cabuya
4.6

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