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

Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25km east of the capital, San José. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico Lankester and then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cartago planner.

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 11th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride 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.
On the 12th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero trip planner.

You can drive from Cartago to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In February in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Museums

3
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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 14th (Fri), kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip maker tool.

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 16th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride 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.
Take a break from the city and head to MidWorld Costa Rica and Mulguri Adventure. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio driving holiday planning tool.

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 19th (Wed) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

7
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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 in touch with nature at La Fortuna Waterfall and Ecotermales Fortuna. There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Ecological Sanctuary and Santa Elena Skywalk. Visiting Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Zipline will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, trot along with a tour on horseback, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde day trip planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car 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.
Get outdoors at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Hermosa. Relax by the water at Playa Conchal and Playa Avellana. Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Playas del Coco (Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts & Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco). Next up on the itinerary: wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take a tour of Kingpin Sportfishing.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo trip itinerary maker website.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Nosara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Samara Beach and Barrigona Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Playa Guiones and Nosara Refuge for Wildlife. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Nosara journey planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Nosara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Carmen, then admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls, and then look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa travel route builder website.

You can take a shuttle from Nosara to Santa Teresa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to 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.