31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Toronto
Fly + Shuttle:  10 h
1
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 5 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:  8 h 15 min
End: Toronto

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal), Liberia (Tio Leo Coffee Tour & Costa Rica'n Art Craft) and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, admire the sheer force of Cataratas Llanos de Cortes, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip maker tool.

Toronto, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle; or drive. 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 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Liberia, Playa Conchal, Cataratas Llanos de Cortes, Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

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: whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Frog Pond, take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk, and admire the masterpieces at Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Monteverde trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough 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

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Mirador de Jaco, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, &more), Parque Nacional Marino Ballena (in Uvita) and Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store (in Dominical). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get interesting insight from Tours, and walk around Parque Nahomi.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio visit planner.

Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Jaco, Quepos, Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Zipline
Canyoning & Rappelling 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.
On the 15th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca route site.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow 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: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel itinerary planner.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 21:
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
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.
On the 22nd (Fri), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park, and then see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip builder tool.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time 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
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

4
nights
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: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach, explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park, and get your game on at Yesland Mini Golf.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca travel site.

Getting from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the 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 & Wildlife Tours
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

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: Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago), Else Kientzler Botanical Garden (in Sarchi) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Irazu Volcano National Park, stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum, Irazu Volcano National Park, Jardin Botanico Lankester, Else Kientzler Botanical Garden, Toucan Rescue Ranch
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 31:
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park

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