31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica vacation planner
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 4 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 3 nights
Ferry to Malpais, Bus to Santa Teresa
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive
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Playas del Coco
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 4 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.
Visiting Tabacon Hot Springs and Bogarin Trail will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Safaris and Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip website.

Milan, Italy to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Milan to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 7 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): stroll through Nature Observatorio and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Punta Uva. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pick up some local products at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca holiday builder website.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Uvita.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Side Trip

Uvita — 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Horseback Riding Tours and Kokopelli. Relax by the water at Playa Ventanas and Uvita Beach. There's much more to do: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, stroll through Parque Reptilandia, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Uvita travel planner.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trips

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 Jackpot Sport Fishing and Rainmaker Park. Step out of the city life by going to Playa Manuel Antonio and Los Campesinos Reserve. There's lots more to do: see Safari Adventures, indulge in some personalized pampering at Raindrop Spa, trot along with a tour on horseback, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Espadilla Norte.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio day trip tool.

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 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Jaco.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trips

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Quepos Fish Adventure Private Day Charters and Horseback Riding Tours. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Carara National Park. There's more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Jaco tour planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Santa Teresa.
Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks
Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at SunTrails Montezuma Waterfall Canopy Tour and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then stroll through Playa Hermosa.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Jaco to Santa Teresa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.
Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Wildlife
Side Trip

Playa Samara — 3 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.
Get outdoors at Horseback Riding Tours and Barrigona Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and Playa Carrillo. There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and see Off-Road Tours.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches
Side Trip

Playas del Coco — 3 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands. Escape the urban bustle at Playa Hermosa and Cataratas Llanos de Cortes. Change things up with these side-trips from Playas del Coco: Liberia (Hidden Garden Art Gallery & Tio Leo Coffee Tour,a real cultural experience). There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco road trip planning tool.

Drive from Playa Samara to Playas del Coco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Side Trips

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Off-Road Tours. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Horseback Riding Tours. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, and get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Spas
Side Trip

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.