30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Nosara
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Tamarindo
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Playas del Coco
— 6 nights
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Toronto

2
nights
San Jose

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Central Market (Mercado Central) as well as Jazz Cafe San Pedro. On the 30th (Sat), catch some live jazz at Jazz Cafe San Pedro.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in June, things will get somewhat warmer in San Jose: highs are around 32°C and lows about 22°C. You will leave for Poas Volcano National Park on the 2nd (Mon).

Things to do in San Jose

#Nightlife, #Shopping

Side Trip

Jazz Cafe San Pedro
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Jazz Cafe San Pedro ©
Jazz Cafe San Pedro
Central Market (Mercado Central) ©

2
nights
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Refugio de Vida Silvestre Bosque Alegre and then stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Poas Volcano National Park online holiday maker .

Traveling by car from San Jose to Poas Volcano National Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Iglesia de San Rafael, Mariposas Sarchi, Refugio de Vida Silvestre Bosque Alegre, Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
Mariposas Sarchi ©
Mariposas Sarchi

4
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Venado Caves and Paradise Hot Springs. The adventure continues: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, and take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip website .

Traveling by car from Poas Volcano National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

4
nights
Monteverde

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Bat Jungle and Souvenir Rosewood. Step out of Monteverde to go to Paquera and see Playa Organos, which is approximately 2 hours away. Spend the 9th (Mon) exploring nature at Up in the Cloud Forest. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip planner .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nosara.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Playa Organos
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Spas & Wellness
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

5
nights
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas & Wellness and Playa Garza. Get out of town with these interesting Nosara side-trips: Playa Samara (Playa Buena Vista, Koss Art Gallery, & more). There's much more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, look for all kinds of wild species at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, kick back and relax at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), and try for a hole-in-one at Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nosara online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Monteverde to Nosara in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Nosara

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Samara, Playa Garza
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Playa Garza ©
Playa Garza
Spas & Wellness
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

5
nights
Tamarindo

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 discover tucked-away gems like Pura Aventura and Playa Avellana. Explore Tamarindo's surroundings by going to Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Costa Rica Sailing Center (in Playa Potrero). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, look for gifts at Dolores Shop, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo holiday app .

Getting from Nosara to Tamarindo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Costa Rica Sailing Center
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

6
nights
Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Playa Hermosa and Playa Danta. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playas del Coco: Playa Rajada (in La Cruz), Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Miravalles Volcano & Llanos de Cortez Waterfall) and Liberia (Souvenirs La gran Nicoya & Horseback Riding Tours). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Nacascolo, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, get outside with Crazy Alex CR, and view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Adventure

Side Trips

Liberia, Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Playa Hermosa, Playa Rajada, Playa Danta
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Playa Rajada ©
Playa Rajada
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Danta ©
Playa Danta

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