30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Escazu
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Playas del Coco
— 1 night
5
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
6
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
7
Jaco
— 2 nights
8
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
9
Uvita
— 2 nights
10
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
11
Escazu
— 7 nights

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3
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Escazu

Escazu ©
Escazú, officially San Miguel de Escazú, is the capital city of the canton of Escazú in the province of San José in Costa Rica. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ruins of the Church of Carthage and Feria Del Agricultor. Shop till you drop at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom and Cartago Central Market. Explore Escazu's surroundings by going to Savegre Reserve (in Cartago) and Playa Junquillal (in Paraiso). There's much more to do: play a few rounds at Tee Times Costa Rica Golf Tours, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Refugio Animal de Costa Rica, and don't miss a visit to Mercado KM0.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Escazu trip planner.

San Jose to Escazu is an approximately half hour car ride. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Escazu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Golf

Side Trips

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Gift & Specialty Shop
J.LANG Atelier & Showroom
5.0
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Flea Market
Feria Del Agricultor
4.6

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then look for gifts at Souvenir Leo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): stop by Galeria Aguas Verdes, tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Conservatory, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

Before you visit La Fortuna de San Carlos, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Escazu to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

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Nature / Park
Butterfly Conservatory
4.7

2
nights
Monteverde

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.
On the 17th (Mon), stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Valle Escondido Preserve, and then look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip site.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Monteverde, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping · Museums
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Playas del Coco

Coco Beach

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
On the 19th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Playa Danta, kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, then explore the galleries of Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and finally stop by Cata Chocolate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco trip planning website.

You can drive from Monteverde to Playas del Coco in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

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Side Trips

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Shark Diving
Shark Diving
4.7
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Beach
Playa Danta
4.5

3
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Potrero Beach and Papaya Con Leche. Relax by the water at Playa Avellana and Playa Conchal. There's more to do: stroll through Monkey Park and look for gifts at Urban Eclectic Jewelry.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Tamarindo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

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Water Body
Potrero Beach
4.2

2
nights
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.
On the 23rd (Sun), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Playa Carmen and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa driving holiday planning site.

Getting from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Jaco.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Must see
Playa Carmen
4.4
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Spa / Wellness
Spas & Wellness
4.9

2
nights
Jaco

Jaco ©
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.
Take the guesswork out of planning a Jaco vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Santa Teresa to Jaco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums
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Beach
Jaco Beach
3.6

2
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Manuel Antonio

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.
On the 27th (Thu), stroll around Parque Nahomi and then stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get the lay of the land with Mike’s Nature Tours.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa
5.0

2
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Uvita

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Visit Uvita Beach and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena for some beach relaxation. Head to Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars and Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Storefor plenty of shopping. Step out of Uvita to go to San Isidro del General and see Los Cusingos Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Uvita online visit planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Uvita by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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Beach
Uvita Beach
4.4

2
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach and then view the masterpieces at Luluberlu Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Ara Manzanillo and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Ceiba.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca journey planner.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Escazu.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Nature / Park
Ara Manzanillo
4.7
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Art Gallery
Luluberlu Art Gallery
4.1

7
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Escazu

Escazu ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chocolatería Sibú and Toucan Rescue Ranch. Do your shopping at Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro and Multiplaza. Change things up with these side-trips from Escazu: Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles (in Cartago), Refugio de Vida Silvestre Cerro Dantas (in Heredia) and El Copal Reserve (in Pejibaye). Enjoy Escazu some more: relax in the rural setting at El Toledo Coffee Tour, stroll through Reserva Forestal Grecia Sector Bosque del Nino, examine the collection at INBioparque, and walk around Costa Rica's Senor Scissorhands Topiary.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Escazu trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Escazu takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Escazu

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Chocolatería Sibú
4.7

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