29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica visit planner
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 2 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
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Bus to Limón, Taxi to Limon, Fly to Poas Volcano National Park
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Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nosara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
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San Jose
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 5 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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online journey builder.

London, UK to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 6 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.
Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trip

Tortuguero — 2 nights

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 15th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of Jungle Tom Safaris Day Tours and then see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero online sightseeing planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park. On the next day, stroll through Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca holiday app.

Getting from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Poas Volcano National Park.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trips

Poas Volcano National Park — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): get impressive views of Poas Volcano and then admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Poas Volcano National Park trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Poas Volcano National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Manuel Antonio.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trip

Manuel Antonio — 4 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Kokopelli (in Sierpe) and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

Discover how to plan a Manuel Antonio trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Poas Volcano National Park to Manuel Antonio takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Jaco.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Side Trips

Jaco — 3 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.
Spend the 27th (Fri) exploring nature at Carara National Park. There's still lots to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, push the limits with an extreme tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaco holiday builder website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Monteverde.
Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature
Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: catch some excitement at El Trapiche Tour and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Monteverde day trip planning site.

Drive from Jaco to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nosara.
Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Fun & Games

Nosara — 2 nights

Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Guiones and then stroll through Barrigona Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nosara online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Nosara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Spas
Side Trip

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal), Tio Leo Coffee Tour,a real cultural experience (in Liberia) and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana, and enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip planner.

You can drive from Nosara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can fly to San Jose.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Side Trips

San Jose — 3 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and then examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Jose trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Tamarindo to San Jose by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can fly back home.
Museums · Tours · Shopping

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.