30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica itinerary planner

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Fly
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San Jose
— 2 nights
Shuttle
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive
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Quepos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
10
San Jose
— 4 nights
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San Jose

— 2 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and Top Travel Costa Rica. Museo de los Ninos and Ruins of the Church of Carthage are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of San Jose with an excursion to Teatro Municipal in Alajuela--about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Soledad, revel in the low prices at Mercado Municipal De Artesanias, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and look for gifts at Va de nuevo.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Jose itinerary planner.

London, UK to San Jose is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from London to San Jose, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in June, things will get somewhat warmer in San Jose: highs are around 81°F and lows about 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to take a shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 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.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Get a sense of the local culture at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Galeria Estudio. There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, explore the galleries of Wood & Art Gallery, and get impressive views of Arenal Volcano.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation planning website.

You can take a shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Ecological Sanctuary and Santa Elena Skywalk are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Zipline and Curi Cancha Reserve. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then stroll through Tamarindo Beach, and then stop by Azul Profundo Boutique. On the next day, tee off at Garra de Leon Golf Course and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Tamarindo sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

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Tortuguero

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): get a dose of the wild on Jungle Tom Safaris Day Tours and then see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Tortuguero road trip planning website.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Tortuguero in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Playa Puerto Viejo. Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa Punta Uva.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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Uvita

— 1 night
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Uvita route planner.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Quepos.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Quepos

— 3 nights
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Get outdoors at Playa Manuel Antonio and Fishing Charters & Tours. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty, see Off-Road Tours, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz.

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Getting from Uvita to Quepos by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

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Jaco

— 2 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Zipline and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's much more to do: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in the exciting artwork at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts, don't miss a visit to Mirador de Jaco, and enjoy the sand and surf at Jaco Beach.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Jaco trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Quepos to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Adventure

Side Trip

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San Jose

— 4 nights
Get some cultural insight at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles and Museo de Arte Costarricense. See even more of San Jose: get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, get impressive views of Irazu Volcano National Park, and take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read San Jose road trip planner.

Getting from Jaco to San Jose by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.

Arenal Volcano National Park travel guide

4.4
Hot Springs · Waterfalls · River Rafting & Tubing
Plan a tour of Arenal Volcano National Park to get in touch with nature, enjoy scenic views, and admire the majestic volcano up close. The park, established in 1991, protects a variety of ecosystems and wildlife. You can choose from four hiking trails, taking you across the rainforest and lava fields. Enjoy scenic lookout points, see a staggering variety of birds and plants, or climb the dormant Mount Chato on your trip to Arenal Volcano National Park.