31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Monteverde
— 4 nights
2
Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
4
Tortuguero
— 1 night
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 8 nights
6
Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
7
Tamarindo
— 6 nights

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.
Attractions like Zipline and Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, and look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde day trip planning app.

Toronto, Canada to Monteverde is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Monteverde due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Playa Manuel Antonio and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este), Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita) and Zipline (in Jaco). Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, see Off-Road Tours, explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park, and get interesting insight from Tours.

Before you visit Manuel Antonio, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Quepos, Jaco, Horseback Riding Tours, Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Zipline
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Family-friendly places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Puerto Viejo Beach will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park, stroll through Nature Observatorio, and admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca driving holiday planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tortuguero day trip planning website.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. July in Tortuguero sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

8
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.
Attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Arenal Volcano make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near La Fortuna de San Carlos: El Castillo (Arenal Eco Zoo & Butterfly Conservatory). There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, hike along Arenal 1968 Trail, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find photos and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning site.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, El Castillo
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

2
nights
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
On the 24th (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. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano, thenlook for gifts at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Los Chorros Waterfalls.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Poas Volcano National Park trip app.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Poas Volcano National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Vara Blanca, Los Chorros Waterfalls, Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Los Chorros Waterfalls ©
Los Chorros Waterfalls
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

6
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Playa Conchal. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Four Seasons Golf Club (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste), Playa Nacascolo (in Gulf of Papagayo) and Garra de Leon Golf Course (in Playa Conchal). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, see Off-Road Tours, and get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo attractions site.

Traveling by flight from Poas Volcano National Park to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Nosara, Playa Conchal, Four Seasons Golf Club, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Playa Nacascolo
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

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