30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Amsterdam
Fly:  16​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
shuttle:  5​h
Cahuita
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Carate
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
Amsterdam

6
days
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.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo (about 42 minutes away). There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), stroll through Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and get outside with Salto.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online driving holiday planner .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

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

3
days
Monteverde

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. Next up on the itinerary: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk, look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, and meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Monteverde

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

3
days
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Take a break from the city and head to Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja and Playa Hermosa. Change things up with a short trip to Rio Negro Hot Springs in Rincon de La Vieja (about 1h 15 min away).

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Area de Conservacion Guanacaste road trip planner.

Getting from Monteverde to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste by car takes about 3 hours. March in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Rio Negro Hot Springs
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Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

2
days
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal and then stroll through Tamarindo Beach. Keep things going the next day: tee off at Hacienda Pinilla Golf Club and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Tamarindo in 2 hours. In March in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

1
day
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 14th (Wed), examine the collection at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero planner .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Tamarindo to Tortuguero in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, flight, taxi, and shuttle. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tamarindo in March, with highs in Tortuguero at 31°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can catch the shuttle to Cahuita.

Things to do in Tortuguero

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

2
days
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park and then admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

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Take a shuttle from Tortuguero to Cahuita in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Tortuguero to Cahuita, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Carate.

Things to do in Cahuita

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Cocles, Finca La Isla
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Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

1
day
Carate

Carate ©
On the 19th (Mon), step off the mainland to explore Cano Island.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Carate online visit planner .

Getting from Cahuita to Carate by car takes about 11.5 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Carate

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Cano Island
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Cano Island ©
Cano Island

4
days
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.
Visiting Playa Manuel Antonio and MidWorld Costa Rica will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Carate to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

La Playita
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
River Rafting & Tubing

3
days
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.
Escape the urban bustle at La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Toucan Rescue Ranch. Change things up with these side-trips from Vara Blanca: Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park (in La Virgen), Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum (in Alajuela) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). There's more to do: admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum and stop by Chieton Moren.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca day trip website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

San Jose, Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum, Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park, Poas Volcano, Toucan Rescue Ranch
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Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

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