31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica planner
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 4 nights
Drive
8
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 6 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: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary tool.

Tel Aviv, Israel to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.
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Tortuguero — 1 night

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 8th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero trip app.

You can 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. October in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca — 4 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.
Spend the 10th (Mon) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Viejo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio, and take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Jose.
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting San Jose side-trips: Alajuela (Souvenir Museum & monument of Tomas Guardia) and Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago). And it doesn't end there: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, make a trip to Banco Central de Costa Rica, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. October in San Jose sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Tio Leo Coffee Tour,a real cultural experience (in Liberia), Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal). There's still lots to do: wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip planner.

Fly from San Jose to Tamarindo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monteverde.
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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.
On the 20th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Monteverde journey maker.

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.
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Jaco — 4 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.
Jaco is known for adventure, beaches, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, see Off-Road Tours, and enjoy the sand and surf at Jaco Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Jaco road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Jaco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Parque Nacional Marino Ballena (in Uvita) and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, relax and rejuvenate at Raindrop Spa, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio driving holiday planner.

Drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Vara Blanca.
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Vara Blanca — 1 night

A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Vara Blanca online travel route planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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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.
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