29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Amsterdam
Fly + Drive:  14 h 30 min
1
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h
5
San Jose
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h 30 min
6
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
7
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
+3
Shuttle + Foot + Shuttle + Fly:  16 h
End: Amsterdam

3
nights
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Spend the 4th (Sun) among the fascinating landscape of Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Area de Conservacion Guanacaste trip builder.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste is an approximately 14.5- hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Amsterdam to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks Nature Trails
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Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Miravalles Volcano ©
Miravalles Volcano

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Playa Conchal (Playa Conchal & Garra de Leon Golf Course), Shark Diving (in Playas del Coco) and Playa Nacascolo (in Gulf of Papagayo). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo day trip app.

Traveling by car from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Tamarindo takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Shark Diving, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Kayaking & Canoeing, Playa Nacascolo
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

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.
Step out of Monteverde with an excursion to Finca El Paraiso in Los Tornos--about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure

Side Trip

Finca El Paraiso
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 13:
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

4
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, Zipline, &more). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, see Off-Road Tours, look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, and stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Jaco, Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Zipline
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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.
Get out of town with these interesting San Jose side-trips: Teatro Municipal (in Alajuela), Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Irazu Volcano National Park, and cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Jose holiday builder website.

You can take a bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In October, daytime highs in San Jose are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Escazu, Teatro Municipal, Poas Volcano, Jardin Botanico Lankester, Toucan Rescue Ranch
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 21:
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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 striking landscape of Cahuita National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio.

Plan my day in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
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 25th (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero travel route site.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Adventure
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

5
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, see Off-Road Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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