30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica tour planner
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Cartago
— 1 night
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Tortuguero
— 2 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 7 nights
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Monteverde
— 4 nights
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
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Nosara
— 3 nights
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Santa Teresa
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Cartago — 1 night

Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25km east of the capital, San José. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico Lankester and then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles.

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San Jose to Cartago is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in February, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Tortuguero.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park. Keep things going the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero planner.

Getting from Cartago to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In February, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca — 3 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.
On the 9th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Puerto Viejo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to MidWorld Costa Rica and Playa Biesanz. It doesn't end there: do sightseeing your way with Mulguri Adventure.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip maker app.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough 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 La Fortuna Waterfall and River Rafting & Tubing. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, Head underground at Venado Caves, browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery, and hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos online travel route planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Monteverde.
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Monteverde — 4 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.
Get in touch with nature at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Curi Cancha Reserve. Visit Ecological Sanctuary and Santa Elena Skywalk for their historical value. There's still lots to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, trot along with a tour on horseback, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip app.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tamarindo Beach and Playa Hermosa. Visit Playa Conchal and Playa Avellana for some beach relaxation. Explore Tamarindo's surroundings by going to Playas del Coco (Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts & Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco). Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, step aboard Kingpin Sportfishing, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo online road trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time 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.
Get outdoors at Samara Beach and Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary. Visit Playa Guiones and Barrigona Beach for some beach relaxation. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at International Animal Rescue Costa Rica and view the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nosara trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Tamarindo to Nosara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to take a shuttle to Santa Teresa.
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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 5th (Sun), kick back and relax at Playa Carmen, take in the dramatic scenery at Montezuma Falls, and then look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Playa Santa Teresa and then stroll through Playa Hermosa.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Santa Teresa online itinerary planner.

Take a shuttle from Nosara to Santa Teresa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) 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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