31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica tour planner

Make it your trip
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San Jose
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
Drive
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Quepos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 2 nights
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San Jose

— 4 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 out of town with these interesting San Jose side-trips: Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca), Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago) and Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum (in Orosi). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and join in the after-dark buzz at Carpe Chepe.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip planner.

Manchester, UK to San Jose is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from Manchester in August, expect San Jose to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Museums · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Tortuguero

— 1 night

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 6th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tortuguero travel route site.

You can drive from San Jose to Tortuguero in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Jose in August since evenings lows in Tortuguero dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 6 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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, and get the adrenaline pumping with Sky Adventures Arenal Park.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Quepos.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Quepos

— 4 nights
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Explore Quepos' surroundings by going to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical) and Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars (in Uvita). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, walk around Parque Nahomi, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Quepos road trip planning app.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Quepos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
Spend the 19th (Wed) exploring nature at Carara National Park. There's much more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, get up close to creatures of the deep with Costa Rica Dreams Sportfishing, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaco trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Quepos to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Monteverde road trip planning site.

Getting from Jaco to Monteverde by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: El Jefe Sport Fishing (in Gulf of Papagayo), Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Liberia (Tio Leo Coffee Tour,a real cultural experience & Costa Rica'n Art Craft). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, get the adrenaline pumping with Pinilla Canopy Tour, and look for gifts at Tamarindo Jaime Peligro Book Store.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo sightseeing planning tool.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

— 2 nights
On the 29th (Sat), get outside with GoSouth Adventures Costa Rica.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste day trip planning website.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in 2.5 hours. On the 30th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Tours · Outdoors
Highlights from your 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.