31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Bus
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Gulf of Papagayo
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 4 nights
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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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, and relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde day trip planning site.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Monteverde is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Monteverde is minus 8 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

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Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Guiones (in Nosara) and Playa Conchal (Playa Conchal & Pacific Horses). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and stroll through Tamarindo Beach.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Monteverde to Tamarindo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Gulf of Papagayo.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Gulf of Papagayo

A concerted development project by the government given Gulf of Papagayo a growing number of luxury and all inclusive resort complexes and turned it into one of the country's leading holiday destinations.
Gulf of Papagayo is known for adventure, nightlife, and golf. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see what you can catch with El Jefe Sport Fishing, take a pleasant ride with La Montana Club Ecuestre, kick your exploration up a notch at Witch's Rock Canopy Tour, and experience rural life at Tio Leo Coffee Tour.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Gulf of Papagayo trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Tamarindo to Gulf of Papagayo by bus takes about 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catch the shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Gulf of Papagayo

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trips

6
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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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip website.

You can take a shuttle from Gulf of Papagayo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Tours · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

1
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Tortuguero

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 18th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero sightseeing planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

4
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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.
Spend the 20th (Tue) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, stroll through Tarantulas Way, take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla, and enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & Zipline) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and see Off-Road Tours.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Manuel Antonio fast, fun, and easy.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Manuel Antonio in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

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San Jose

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca), Finca Caballo Loco - Horse Tours Costa Rica (in Ciudad Colon) and ZENfit 506 (in San Rafael de Escazu). There's lots more to do: cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica, learn the secrets of beer at Carpe Chepe, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Jose driving holiday planning app.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

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.