30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica vacation maker

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San Jose
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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Jaco
— 3 nights
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Monteverde
— 4 nights
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
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Vara Blanca
— 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.
Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Else Kientzler Botanical Garden (in Sarchi), Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago) and ZENfit 506 (in San Rafael de Escazu). There's much more to do: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom.

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Beirut, Lebanon to San Jose is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Beirut to San Jose is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Beirut in April, expect San Jose to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 4:

Manuel Antonio

— 3 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 Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita) and Dominical (Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary & Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, see Off-Road Tours, and walk around Parque Nahomi.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio road trip tool.

You can drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 4 — 7:

Jaco

— 3 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get great views at Mirador de Jaco, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Jaco attractions 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 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 7 — 10:

Monteverde

— 4 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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, admire the masterpieces at Chorotega Arts & Crafts, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Monteverde trip maker.

Drive from Jaco to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 14:

Playa Samara

— 2 nights
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.
On the 15th (Thu), admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Guiones, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach and then stroll through Samara Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Playa Samara trip tool.

Getting from Monteverde to Playa Samara by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 16:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Garra de Leon Golf Course (in Playa Conchal) and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). The adventure continues: stroll through Tamarindo Beach, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo journey planner.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 19:

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 5 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, get interesting insight from Tours, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, and walk around Bogarin Trail.

To see photos and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip website.

Drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 19 — 24:

Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

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 25th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero road trip 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 April, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 25:
Highlights from your trip

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 2 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.
On the 26th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 25 — 27:

Vara Blanca

— 2 nights
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tirimbina Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano and then pause for some serene contemplation at Parque Central De Grecia.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Vara Blanca visit planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Vara Blanca in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 27 — 29:

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.