30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica vacation planner
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Manuel Antonio
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Uvita
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 5 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 7 nights
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
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Nosara
— 3 nights
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Playa Samara
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Liberia
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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.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Escape the urban bustle at Kayaking & Canoeing and Off-Road Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Aurora Yoga, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, &more). The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

San Jose to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Uvita.
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Uvita — 2 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.
Visiting Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and Uvita Beach will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Uvita trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Monteverde.
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Monteverde — 5 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.
Ecological Sanctuary and Santa Elena Skywalk will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Curi Cancha Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, and browse the exhibits of Arte Jaguar Gallery.

Make your Monteverde itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Uvita to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 7 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.
Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and La Fortuna Waterfall. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get outside with Outdoor Activities, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and walk around Bogarin Trail.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip website.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Relax by the water at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Avellana. Get in touch with nature at Playa Conchal and Off-Road Tours. Go for a jaunt from Tamarindo to Playa Conchal to see Garra de Leon Golf Course about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Nosara.
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Nosara — 3 nights

Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Relax by the water at Playa Guiones and San Juanillo Beach. Get outdoors at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Horseback Riding Tours. There's much more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by Love Nosara, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and view the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nosara road trip site.

Drive from Tamarindo to Nosara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa Buena Vista, then see Off-Road Tours, and then stroll through Samara Beach. Keep things going the next day: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Barrigona Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Playa Samara online visit planner.

Getting from Nosara to Playa Samara by car takes about an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Liberia.
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Liberia — 2 nights

White City

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
On the 29th (Wed), look for gifts at Souvenirs La gran Nicoya, then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, then experience rural life at Cafe Tio Leo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Liberia trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Playa Samara to Liberia by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel 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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