29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  13​h
1
San Jose
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
4
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam

3
nights
San Jose

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro) and Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago). Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, get impressive views of Irazu Volcano National Park, and stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom.

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Amsterdam, Holland to San Jose is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Amsterdam to San Jose. Traveling from Amsterdam in July, expect San Jose to be a bit warmer, temps between 31°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Toucan Rescue Ranch, Irazu Volcano National Park, Jardin Botanico Lankester, J.LANG Atelier & Showroom
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 19:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park
Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
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 20th (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip maker .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from San Jose to Tortuguero in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Jose in July since evenings lows in Tortuguero dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Museums
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

6
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 26:
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

4
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
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: Nosara (Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) & MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY), Samara Beach (in Playa Samara) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo online trip planner .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Nosara, Playa Conchal, Samara Beach
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 30:
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

3
nights
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Spend the 1st (Thu) among the fascinating landscape of Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks Nature Trails
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 2:
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Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Miravalles Volcano ©
Miravalles Volcano

4
nights
Monteverde

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Change things up with a short trip to Guacimal River Bridge 2 in Puntarenas (about 42 minutes away). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, trot along with a tour on horseback, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Monteverde in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Guacimal River Bridge 2
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 6:
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

4
nights
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este) and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and get in on the family fun at Rancho Tipico Don Juan.

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You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Parque Nahomi, Horseback Riding Tours, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 10:
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park

2
nights
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
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 11th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tirimbina Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Los Chorros Waterfalls and then contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca visit planning website .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Tirimbina Biological Reserve, Los Chorros Waterfalls, Poas Volcano
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Los Chorros Waterfalls ©
Los Chorros Waterfalls

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