30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Krakow
Fly:  27​h
1
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
ferry:  3​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
San Jose
— 2 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h
5
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Cartago
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Krakow

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.
Get in touch with nature at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Hermosa. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Conchal and Playa Avellana. Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates and look for gifts at Lydia Beech Art.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Tamarindo attractions tool .

Krakow, Poland to Tamarindo is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Krakow to Tamarindo. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Krakow in July, with highs in Tamarindo at 91°F and lows at 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Playa Hermosa
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

2
nights
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa and then stroll through Playa Santa Teresa. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Tica Surf Bikinis and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Santa Teresa day trip planning app .

Getting from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen

6
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.
Get in touch with nature at MidWorld Costa Rica and Playa Biesanz. Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Uvita (Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge & Uvita Beach). Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, shop like a local with Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio road trip planning site .

You can ride a ferry from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trip

Uvita
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
River Rafting & Tubing
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

2
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Precolumbian Gold Museum and Galeria Namu. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Cocos Island National Park. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), look for gifts at Libreria Internacional, make a trip to Mercado Nacional de Artesanias, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Jose trip itinerary builder website .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in San Jose, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the shuttle to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Tours, #Adventure
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Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
On the 15th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Tortuguero National Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero online route planner .

You can take a shuttle from San Jose to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Cartago.

Things to do in Tortuguero

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

1
night
Cartago

Cartago ©
Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25km east of the capital, San José. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Ruins of the Church of Carthage and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles).

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cartago travel tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi from Tortuguero to Cartago takes 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in July, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Cartago

#Historic Sites
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Cahuita National Park and Playa Chiquita. We've included these beaches for you: Puerto Viejo Beach and Playa Cocles. There's more to do: admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Cartago to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Cartago in July, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a bit warmer at night with lows of 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Cahuita National Park
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Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

7
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.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and La Fortuna Waterfall. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, hike along Ecocentro Danaus, and take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos attractions planner .

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip planner .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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