29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Hamburg
Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
San Jose
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h 30 min
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
9
Liberia
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Hamburg

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca), Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Zipline (in Jaco). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Toucan Rescue Ranch, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, browse the exhibits of Galeria Namu, and view the masterpieces at Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Jose route maker website.

Hamburg, Germany to San Jose is an approximately 17- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Hamburg to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Hamburg in December, expect San Jose to be much hotter, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Tarcoles Bridge, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Poas Volcano, Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings, Toucan Rescue Ranch
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

3
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
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.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is known for wildlife, beaches, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park, stroll through Nature Observatorio, enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip maker app.

Traveling by bus from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio
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Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
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 12th (Sat): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park, and then learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To find reviews and tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero trip planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Adventure
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, learn something new at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, and explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

3
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Mirador de Jaco, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, &more). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio day trip planning tool.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Quepos, Jaco
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Mirador de Jaco ©
Mirador de Jaco
Parque Nahomi ©
Parque Nahomi

3
nights
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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, and stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Monteverde driving holiday tool.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

3
nights
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Explore Playa Samara's surroundings by going to Playa Islita (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste), Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure) and Nosara (Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, Playa Guiones, &more). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach, stroll through Samara Beach, and admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Playa Samara trip simple and quick.

Getting from Monteverde to Playa Samara by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Playa Samara are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Nosara, Playa Islita, Jungle Butterfly Farm
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Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Tamarindo to Playa Conchal to see Playa Conchal about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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Drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tamarindo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Liberia.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

3
nights
Liberia

Liberia ©
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Explore Liberia's surroundings by going to Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa), Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands & Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja) and Rio Negro Hot Springs (in Rincon de La Vieja). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Rincon de La Vieja National Park, view the masterpieces at Costa Rica'n Art Craft, and meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Liberia trip itinerary builder.

Take a bus from Tamarindo to Liberia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Liberia, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Liberia

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Playa Hermosa, Rincon de La Vieja National Park, Shark Diving, Rio Negro Hot Springs
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Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

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