30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 2 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 7 nights
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
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Monteverde
— 4 nights
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Jaco
— 4 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
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San Jose

— 2 nights
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Get outdoors at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and Irazu Volcano National Park. There's much more to do: learn the secrets of beer at Carpe Chepe, take in the exciting artwork at Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings, and get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose tour itinerary builder site.

Mexico City, Mexico to San Jose is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in December: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Nature · Parks · Tours · Nightlife

Side Trips

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and La Ceiba. Spend the 29th (Tue) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarantulas Way.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary maker.

Getting from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

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.
Get in touch with nature at La Fortuna Waterfall and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Spend the 5th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, and hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

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Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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 Danta. Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Playa Avellana. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Belen Waterfall (in Playa Samara), Playa Guiones (in Nosara) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal). There's more to do: stroll through Monkey Park and look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip maker.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Visiting Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stroll through Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin de Orquideas San Bosco.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Zipline and Costa Rica Dreams Sportfishing. Spend the 17th (Sun) exploring nature at Carara National Park. There's much more to do: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Jaco online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Jaco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Get outdoors at Playa Manuel Antonio and Off-Road Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store (in Dominical) and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena (in Uvita). Spend the 22nd (Fri) on the water with a fishing tour. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and walk around Manuel Antonio National Park.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio day trip website.

Getting from Jaco to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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.