30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary planner

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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 8th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico Lankester and then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cartago online vacation planner.

San Jose to Cartago is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. On the 9th (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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero travel planner.

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. Traveling from Cartago in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Tortuguero, with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (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 12th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (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.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Biesanz and Mulguri Adventure. It doesn't end there: see MidWorld Costa Rica.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car 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.
Take a break from the city and head to La Fortuna Waterfall and River Rafting & Tubing. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, look for all kinds of wild species at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and cool off at Termales Los Laureles.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker site.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can 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 in touch with nature at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Horseback Riding Tours. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santa Elena Skywalk and Ecological Sanctuary. There's much more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, and take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can 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.
Relax by the water at Playa Conchal and Playa Hermosa. Step out of the city life by going to Tamarindo Beach 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). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, step aboard Kingpin Sportfishing, and get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to 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. We've included these beaches for you: Playa Guiones and Barrigona Beach. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary and browse the exhibits of MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nosara trip app.

Drive from Tamarindo to Nosara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen, take in the dramatic scenery at Montezuma Falls, and then look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa.

To plan Santa Teresa vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by shuttle from Nosara to Santa Teresa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · 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.