31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica itinerary planner

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San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
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Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive
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Quepos
— 4 nights
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
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Puerto Limon
— 2 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.
Attractions like Top Travel Costa Rica and Pre-Columbian Gold Museum make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago), Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Mariposas Sarchi (in Sarchi). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park, take in the exciting artwork at Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings, browse the exhibits of Galeria Namu, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip itinerary maker site.

London, UK to San Jose is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to San Jose. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in August, with highs in San Jose at 32°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

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 & Wildlife Tours and Nature Observatorio. Spend the 6th (Fri) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Uvita

— 3 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.
Family-friendly places like Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from Uvita to Sierpe to see Kokopelli about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, get a dose of the wild on Ultralight Tour, stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and kick back and relax at Uvita Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Uvita travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Quepos.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Quepos

— 4 nights
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Attractions like Playa Manuel Antonio and River Rafting & Tubing make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Quepos: Jaco (Zipline, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, &more). There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, walk around Parque Nahomi, get interesting insight from Tours, and stop by Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Quepos online trip builder.

Drive from Uvita to Quepos in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Playa Conchal. Venture out of the city with trips to Garra de Leon Golf Course (in Playa Conchal), Tio Leo Coffee Tour (in Liberia) and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and see Off-Road Tours.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Quepos to Tamarindo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Monteverde

— 3 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Zipline and El Trapiche Tour. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk, delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, and look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde road trip planning app.

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 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Ecotermales Fortuna. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, trot along with a tour on horseback, get outside with El Salto, and Head underground at Venado Caves.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Puerto Limon.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Puerto Limon

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Buttercup Center.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Limon itinerary planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Limon in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In August in Puerto Limon, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Limon

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

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.