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
— 2 nights
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Cartago

— 1 night
Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25km east of the capital, San José. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico Lankester and then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cartago travel route planner.

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 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Cartago

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Tortuguero

— 2 nights

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 21st (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cartago to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Museums

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Puerto Viejo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca sightseeing planner.

Drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · 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.
Get outdoors at Playa Biesanz and Mulguri Adventure. Next up on the itinerary: see MidWorld Costa Rica.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary website.

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 28th (Tue) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

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.
Get in touch with nature at Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall. There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs, hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and cool off at Termales Los Laureles.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

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 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

Monteverde

— 4 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.
Get outdoors at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Ecological Sanctuary. There's still lots to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde online vacation 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 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Tamarindo Beach and Playa Avellana. Get in touch with nature at Playa Conchal and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Playas del Coco (Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts & Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco) and Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa). There's more to do: wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura and step aboard Kingpin Sportfishing.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo vacation 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Nosara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Nosara

— 3 nights
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Escape the urban bustle at Samara Beach and International Animal Rescue Costa Rica. Visit Barrigona Beach and Playa Guiones for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary and view the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nosara online road trip planner.

Getting from Tamarindo to Nosara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Nosara

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Teresa

— 2 nights
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 16th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen, then admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls, and then look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

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Take a shuttle from Nosara to Santa Teresa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

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.