31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Monteverde
— 4 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 8 nights
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Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo
— 6 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.
Attractions like Zipline and El Trapiche Tour make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, and admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip itinerary builder.

Toronto, Canada to Monteverde is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

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Zipline
4.2

5
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Manuel Antonio

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Playa Manuel Antonio and River Rafting & Tubing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita), Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este) and Jaco (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & Zipline). And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio journey maker tool.

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

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Zipline
Zipline
4.7

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.
Family-friendly places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Puerto Viejo Beach will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park, stroll through Nature Observatorio, and admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca driving holiday planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

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National Park
Cahuita National Park
4.8

1
night
Tortuguero

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tortuguero day trip planning website.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. July in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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National Park
Tortuguero National Park
4.4
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Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing
4.5

8
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
Attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near La Fortuna de San Carlos: El Castillo (Arenal Eco Zoo & Butterfly Conservatory). There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, hike along Arenal 1968 Trail, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find photos and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning site.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Poas Volcano National Park.

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Tabacon Hot Springs
4.4

2
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Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
On the 24th (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. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano, then look for gifts at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Los Chorros Waterfalls.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Poas Volcano National Park trip app.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Poas Volcano National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

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Poas Volcano
4.1
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
4.9

6
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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Playa Guiones. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Playa Nacascolo (in Gulf of Papagayo), Playa Conchal (Playa Conchal & Garra de Leon Golf Course) and Four Seasons Golf Club (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, see Off-Road Tours, and take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip planning tool.

You can fly from Poas Volcano National Park to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

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