30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Cartago
— 1 night
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Tortuguero
— 2 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 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
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Cartago

Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25km east of the capital, San José. Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico Lankester and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cartago trip builder site.

San Jose to Cartago is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In January in Cartago, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. On the 30th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Cartago

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Cartago to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In January in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Museums

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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca travel route planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

3
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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.
Visiting Playa Biesanz and Mulguri Adventure will get you outdoors. There's more to do: see MidWorld Costa Rica.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

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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.
Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano, explore the galleries of Onirica Art Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis, and Head underground at Venado Caves.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online travel route planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

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 out of the city life by going to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Curi Cancha Reserve. Popular historic sites such as Santa Elena Skywalk and Ecological Sanctuary are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tamarindo Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Conchal and Playa Hermosa. Venture out of the city with trips to Playas del Coco (Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts & Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, take a tour of Kingpin Sportfishing, and wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura.

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Getting from Monteverde to Tamarindo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nosara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Nosara

Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Visit Samara Beach and Barrigona Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Playa Guiones and Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nosara Refuge for Wildlife and take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nosara travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Nosara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to take a shuttle to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Nosara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

2
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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.
On the 26th (Fri), kick back and relax at Playa Carmen, admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls, and then stop by Tica Surf Bikinis. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Santa Teresa route maker site.

Getting from Nosara to Santa Teresa by shuttle takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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.