31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary planner

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Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive
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Drake Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Ferry to Malpais, Bus to Santa Teresa
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Nosara
— 3 nights
Drive
10
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Playas del Coco
— 3 nights
Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Newark

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Monteverde

— 2 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Explore hidden gems such as Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas). There's still lots to do: relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Monteverde road trip site.

Newark, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. 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 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 3:

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Flow Trips and Butterfly Conservatory. Change things up with a short trip to Arenal Eco Zoo in El Castillo (about 38 minutes away). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves, hike along Arenal 1968 Volcano View & Trails, admire the natural beauty at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online visit planner.

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 7:

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 3 nights

Walaba

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Punta Uva and La Ceiba. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio, take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, browse the fresh offerings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and look for gifts at Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca tour itinerary planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 10:

Drake Bay

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): stroll through Cano Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa San Josecito.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Drake Bay itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Drake Bay takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12:

Uvita

— 3 nights
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kokopelli and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. There's lots more to do: stroll through Playa Ventanas, explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, and relax and rejuvenate at Danyasa Eco-Retreat - Bamboo Yoga Play Studio.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Uvita tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Uvita takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:

Manuel Antonio

— 3 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Explore hidden gems such as Spas and Walking tours. When in Manuel Antonio, make a side trip to see Rainmaker Park in Parrita, approximately Parrita away. There's lots more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Espadilla Norte, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio road trip planning app.

Drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 18:

Jaco

— 2 nights
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.
On the 19th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Carara National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take in the exciting artwork at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Jaco driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Jaco

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 20:

Santa Teresa

— 2 nights
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.
On the 21st (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Santa Teresa, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then kick back and relax at Playa Carmen, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Jaco to Santa Teresa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to take a shuttle to Nosara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 22:

Nosara

— 3 nights
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Discover out-of-the-way places like San Juanillo Beach and Off-Road Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nosara: Playa Carrillo (in Playa Carrillo) and Playa Samara (Kingfisher Sportfishing, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Guiones, stroll through Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary, and browse the exhibits of MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nosara trip planning tool.

You can take a shuttle from Santa Teresa to Nosara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Nosara

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 25:

Tamarindo

— 3 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore hidden gems such as Spas and Off-Road Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Potrero Beach in Playa Potrero (about 38 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, take a tour of Kingpin Sportfishing, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip builder.

Traveling by car from Nosara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 28:

Playas del Coco

— 3 nights

Coco Beach

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): push the limits with an extreme tour. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, and then relax in the rural setting at Tio Leo Coffee Tour,a real cultural experience.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Playas del Coco road trip tool.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. On the 31st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 28 — 31:

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.