29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner
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San Jose
— 4 nights
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Tortuguero
— 6 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
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Monteverde
— 5 nights
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Tamarindo
— 5 nights
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San Jose
— 3 nights
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San Jose — 4 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 outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Butterfly Kingdom Costa Rica. Step off the beaten path and head to Galeria Namu and Museo de Ciencias Naturales La Salle. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Parque La Sabana, take a stroll around El Sotano, stop by Chieton Moren, and get some fabulous bargains at Mercado Municipal De Artesanias.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Jose trip builder site.

Newark, USA to San Jose is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in May, things will get a bit warmer in San Jose: highs are around 82°F and lows about 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.
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Tortuguero — 6 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Safaris and Blue Day Family Club. Get in touch with nature at Tortuguero National Park and Sendero Cerro Tortuguero. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tortuguero: Caribbean Botanical Garden (in Guacimo) and La Danta Salvaje (in Guapiles). Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tortuguero trip itinerary app.

You can drive from San Jose to Tortuguero in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Jose in May since evenings lows in Tortuguero dip to 73°F. You'll set off for La Fortuna de San Carlos on the 31st (Wed).
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 5 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bogarin Trail and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Visiting Natura Eco Park Costa Rica and Butterfly Conservatory - Arenal will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting La Fortuna de San Carlos side-trips: Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park (in La Virgen) and Green Rivers Rafting & Kayaking Company (in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui). And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, explore by horseback at Arenal Wilberth Stables, stroll through Senderos Los Tucanes, and trek along Arenal 1968 Volcano View & Trails.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning site.

Drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Valle Escondido Nature Reserve and Up in the Cloud Forest. Get in touch with nature at Natuwa Wildlife Santuary and Finca el Rodeo. Change things up with a short trip to Sustainability Demonstration Center in Guacimal (about 34 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at Monteverde Tours, indulge in some personalized pampering at Monteverde Karmen'Massage, take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery, and meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde visit planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.
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Tamarindo — 5 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Visit Playa Avellana and Tamarindo Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands and Monkey Park. Venture out of the city with trips to San Juanillo Beach (in San Juanillo), Ohana Photo Shop (in Playa Flamingo) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Playa Conchal). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, look for gifts at Urban Eclectic Jewelry, stroll through Playa Dantita, and take a tour of Kingpin Sportfishing.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to San Jose.
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San Jose — 3 nights

On the 16th (Fri), explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos and then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Universidad de Costa Rica. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, tour the pleasant surroundings at Spirogyra Butterfly Garden, then see the top attractions with Top Travel Costa Rica, and finally make a trip to Plaza Juan Mora Fernandez.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Tamarindo to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to 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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