31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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San Jose
— 3 nights
Bus
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Quepos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 5 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 5 nights
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San Jose

— 3 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.
Bring the kids along to Frogs Heaven and Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ). Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens. Go for a jaunt from San Jose to Cartago to see Ruins of the Church of Carthage about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: tour in harmony with nature at Top Travel Costa Rica, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and have fun and explore at Museo de los Ninos.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip itinerary maker app.

London, UK to San Jose is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from London to San Jose, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in August, things will get somewhat warmer in San Jose: highs are around 32°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Quepos.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos

— 4 nights
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Spas. Kids will appreciate attractions like Walking tours and Playa Manuel Antonio. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Quepos: Palo Seco Beach (in Parrita) and Jaco (Fruity Monkey Poop, Off-Road Tours, &more). There's much more to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take a leisurely stroll along Marina Pez Vela, and see human ingenuity at work at Isla Damas.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Quepos online itinerary planner.

Getting from San Jose to Quepos by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Uvita

— 5 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Kokopelli. Family-friendly places like Uvita Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing will thrill your kids. Step out of Uvita with an excursion to Nature & Wildlife Tours in Ballena--about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, browse the exhibits of Magic Ananda, and kick back and relax at Playa Ventanas.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Uvita trip maker website.

Getting from Quepos to Uvita by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Bring the kids along to Nature Observatorio and Playa Cocles. Explore hidden gems such as Punta Uva Beach and Finca La Isla. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online itinerary 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 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 5 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.
Family-friendly places like River Rafting & Tubing and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours will thrill your kids. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Venado Caves and Safaris. Take a break from La Fortuna de San Carlos with a short trip to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo, about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, see Off-Road Tours, trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Tamarindo

— 5 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates and San Juanillo Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Tio Leo Coffee Tour (in Liberia) and Potrero Beach (in Playa Potrero). There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, step aboard Kingpin Sportfishing, enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and stop by Papaya Con Leche.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo day trip planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Monteverde

— 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as El Trapiche Tour and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas) and The Bat Jungle. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, trot along with a tour on horseback, and take a peaceful walk through Children's Eternal Rain Forest.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Monteverde day trip planning site.

Getting from Tamarindo to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Costa Rica travel guide

4.4
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.

Arenal Volcano National Park travel guide

4.4
Hot Springs · Waterfalls · River Rafting & Tubing
Plan a tour of Arenal Volcano National Park to get in touch with nature, enjoy scenic views, and admire the majestic volcano up close. The park, established in 1991, protects a variety of ecosystems and wildlife. You can choose from four hiking trails, taking you across the rainforest and lava fields. Enjoy scenic lookout points, see a staggering variety of birds and plants, or climb the dormant Mount Chato on your trip to Arenal Volcano National Park.