31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

Make it your trip
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
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Monteverde
— 4 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
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San Jose
— 5 nights
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste), Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Liberia (Tio Leo Coffee Tour & Costa Rica'n Art Craft). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and take in the dramatic scenery at Cataratas Llanos de Cortes.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip maker tool.

Toronto, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and explore the world behind art at Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Monteverde road trip 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Parque Nacional Marino Ballena (in Uvita), Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store (in Dominical) and Jaco (Mirador de Jaco, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, &more). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, take a memorable tour with Tours, walk around Parque Nahomi, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip website.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Vara Blanca

— 1 night
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 15th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca route site.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
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 plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, get interesting insight from Tours, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park and then see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tortuguero travel itinerary planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Museums

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 4 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.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is known for wildlife, beaches, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca travel site.

Getting from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

San Jose

— 5 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: Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago), Else Kientzler Botanical Garden (in Sarchi) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Irazu Volcano National Park, stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.