31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
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San Jose
— 3 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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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
— 2 nights
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Drake Bay
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
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Jaco
— 4 nights
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Playas del Coco — 2 nights

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playas del Coco: Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste), Cataratas Llanos de Cortes (in Bagaces) and Tio Leo Coffee Tour,a real cultural experience (in Liberia). There's more to do: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco trip planning site.

Dallas, USA to Playas del Coco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.
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Tamarindo — 3 nights

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 Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Sea Star Souvenir (in Brasilito). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, and wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to fly to San Jose.
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting San Jose side-trips: Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca), Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center (in Alajuela) and Cartago (Jardin Botanico Lankester & Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles). There's lots more to do: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Tamarindo to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.
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Monteverde — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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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 trip includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.
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Tortuguero — 1 night

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tortuguero online journey planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip app.

Drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Drake Bay.
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Drake Bay — 2 nights

On the 11th (Mon), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Naturaseekers and then explore the activities along Bahia Drake.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Drake Bay online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Drake Bay takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.
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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: Kokopelli (in Sierpe), Dominical (Spas & Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary) and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Uvita). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, trot along with a tour on horseback, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip builder.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Jaco.
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Jaco — 4 nights

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Jaco is known for adventure, beaches, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, push the limits with an extreme tour, stroll through Royal Butterflies, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Jaco trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to fly back home.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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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.
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