30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Denver
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  11 h 45 min
1
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
7
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h 30 min
8
San Jose
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  9 h
End: Denver

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal), Cataratas Llanos de Cortes (in Bagaces) and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo road trip planning app.

Denver, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 12- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to Tamarindo is 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Cataratas Llanos de Cortes, Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria, Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
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Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands

4
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: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, and take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas).

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Monteverde road trip site.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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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

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Mirador de Jaco, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, &more). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, stop by Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Jaco, Quepos
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
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 10th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca trip planning website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature Parks Wildlife
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6
nights
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: explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, get interesting insight from Tours, trot along with a tour on horseback, and snap pictures at Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning website.

Getting from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park, and then see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero tour planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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

4
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, experience rural life at Finca Tierra, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, and enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach.

To see photos and tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planning site.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio, Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
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Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

5
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), Cartago (Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, Ruins of the Church of Carthage, &more) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). There's still lots to do: stroll through Toucan Rescue Ranch, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, explore the galleries of Galeria Namu, and catch all the local highlights with Top Travel Costa Rica.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Jose day trip planning app.

You can take a bus from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. May in San Jose sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Cartago, Teatro Municipal, Irazu Volcano National Park, Toucan Rescue Ranch, Poas Volcano
Find places to stay May 21 — 26:
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica

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