30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica planner
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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 7 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 5 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 6 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Santa Teresa
— 5 nights
Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Rome

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bogarin Trail and Butterfly Conservatory - Arenal. Step out of the city life by going to Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park and Paradise Hot Springs. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to La Virgen and see Tirimbina Biological Reserve, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), hike along Arenal 1968 Volcano View & Trails, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens, and admire the natural beauty at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Rome, Italy to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Rome to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.
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Tortuguero — 5 nights

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Safaris and Sendero Cerro Tortuguero. Take a break from the city and head to La Danta Salvaje and Nectar Pollen Reserve. Get out of town with these interesting Tortuguero side-trips: Caribbean Botanical Garden (in Guacimo) and Blue Day Family Club (in Guapiles). It doesn't end there: learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tortuguero day trip tool.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sun) before leaving for Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca — 6 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and Nature Park Walk. Take a break from the city and head to Tarantulas Way and Playa Manzanillo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puerto Viejo de Talamanca: Alma Verde - Cahuita Healing Garden (in Cahuita) and Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary (in Puerto Limon). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Negra, explore the galleries of Luluberlu Art Gallery, tour in harmony with nature at The Biologist from Cahuita, and head outdoors with Nature Riders.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio — 5 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Visiting Playa Espadilla Norte and Manuel Antonio Hot Springs will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas and Tropical Waterfalls Tour. Change things up with a short trip to Palo Seco Beach in Parrita (about 1h 5 min away). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playas Gemelas, take a peaceful walk through Manuel Antonio National Park, take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty, and cast your line with Mar 1 Sport fishing Quepos Day Trips.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio day trip site.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Manuel Antonio takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Santa Teresa.
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Santa Teresa — 5 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Costa Rican Tropical Tours and Spas. Relax by the water at Playa Carmen and Playa Quesera. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Teresa: Cabuya (Isla de Cabuya & Wild Sun Rescue Center) and Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia (in Montezuma). There's lots more to do: get outside with Tico Brothers Sports Fishing, view the masterpieces at Bri'ah Art Gallery, and try to win big at Horse Spirit Healing.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Santa Teresa driving holiday planning app.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa by ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Tue) before leaving for 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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