31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Jose
— 4 nights
2
Tortuguero
— 1 night
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
4
Quepos
— 4 nights
5
Jaco
— 4 nights
6
Monteverde
— 4 nights
7
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
8
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 2 nights

4
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: Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum (in Orosi), Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago). There's lots more to do: learn the secrets of beer at Carpe Chepe, contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Soledad, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip planner.

Manchester, UK to San Jose is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from Manchester in August, expect San Jose to be a bit warmer, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

Irazu Volcano National Park, Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Jardin Botanico Lankester, Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center
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Carpe Chepe ©
Carpe Chepe
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica

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 6th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tortuguero travel route site.

You can drive from San Jose to Tortuguero in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Jose in August since evenings lows in Tortuguero dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

6
nights
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, and get the adrenaline pumping with Sky Adventures Arenal Park.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Quepos.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Quepos

Quepos ©
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Explore Quepos' surroundings by going to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical) and Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars (in Uvita). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, test your team's savvy at Costa Rica Escape Bus, and see Off-Road Tours.

You can plan Quepos trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Quepos in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
Jaco

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.
Spend the 19th (Wed) exploring nature at Carara National Park. Next up on the itinerary: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, get up close to creatures of the deep with Costa Rica Dreams Sportfishing, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Jaco trip planner.

You can drive from Quepos to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catch the shuttle to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trips

Carara National Park, Costa Rica Dreams Sportfishing
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Zipline
Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park

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: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Monteverde road trip planning site.

Getting from Jaco to Monteverde by shuttle takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: El Jefe Sport Fishing (in Gulf of Papagayo), Liberia (Tio Leo Coffee Tour & Costa Rica'n Art Craft) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, get the adrenaline pumping with Pinilla Canopy Tour, and look for gifts at Tamarindo Jaime Peligro Book Store.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Liberia, El Jefe Sport Fishing, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Playa Conchal
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

2
nights
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
On the 29th (Sat), take a memorable tour with GoSouth Adventures Costa Rica. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste tour itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Outdoors Trails Nature
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GoSouth Adventures Costa Rica ©
GoSouth Adventures Costa Rica

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