30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
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Playas del Coco
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Tamarindo
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Playa Samara
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Monteverde
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Jaco
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Uvita
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Manuel Antonio
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca — 3 nights

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature Observatorio and Playa Punta Uva. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarantulas Way, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla, and kick back and relax at Playa Cocles.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca journey website.

San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Venado Caves and Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Butterfly Conservatory - Arenal in El Castillo, approximately El Castillo away. And it doesn't end there: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, walk around Bogarin Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planner.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.
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Playas del Coco — 2 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.
On the 10th (Sat), kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then view the masterpieces at Alessandra Cola Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then admire the sheer force of Cataratas Llanos de Cortes, and then stop by Nahua.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco itinerary site.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playas del Coco in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.
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Tamarindo — 4 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Step off the beaten path and head to Pura Aventura and Spas & Wellness. Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Sea Star Souvenir (in Brasilito) and Playa Conchal (Horseback Riding Tours & Playa Conchal). Spend the 14th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, see Off-Road Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, and get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo online attractions planner.

Getting from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.
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Playa Samara — 2 nights

A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then see Off-Road Tours.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Playa Samara travel planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Monteverde.
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Monteverde — 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas) and Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. There's still lots to do: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Jardin de Orquideas San Bosco, indulge in some personalized pampering at Monteverde Massage, and look for gifts at Foresta.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Royal Butterflies and Nature & Wildlife Tours. When in Jaco, make a side trip to see Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Santa Teresa, approximately Santa Teresa away. There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, look for gifts at Dantica Gallery, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaco trip planner.

Getting from Monteverde to Jaco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Uvita.
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, look for gifts at Tico Roots Souvenir Shop, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Uvita sightseeing planner.

Getting from Jaco to Uvita by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Parasailing & Paragliding. Take a break from Manuel Antonio with a short trip to Rainmaker Park in Parrita, about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, look for gifts at Villa Vanilla Spice Tour & Shop, trot along with a tour on horseback, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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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.
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