29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Train to Paris Montparnasse 1 Et 2, Bus to Paris Orly, Fly to Liberia
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Liberia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
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Shuttle to San Jose, Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Tours

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Liberia

— 3 nights

White City

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Liberia: Shark Diving (in Playas del Coco) and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). Spend the 29th (Thu) among the fascinating landscape of Rincon de La Vieja National Park. There's much more to do: relax in the rural setting at Tio Leo Coffee Tour, look for gifts at Nahua, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and view the masterpieces at Costa Rica'n Art Craft.

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Tours, France to Liberia is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Tours to Liberia. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Liberia

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 28 — 31:

Tamarindo

— 3 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Conchal (Garra de Leon Golf Course & Playa Conchal). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, and find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Tamarindo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Liberia to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 3:

Monteverde

— 3 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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, admire the natural beauty at Jardin de Orquideas San Bosco, and experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Monteverde road trip tool.

You can 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 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 6:

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.
Jaco is known for adventure, beaches, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take a memorable tour with Tours, and stop by Fruity Monkey Poop.

For ratings and tourist information, you can read our Jaco trip planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Jaco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 9:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Dominical (Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store & Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary), Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita) and Kokopelli (in Sierpe). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, walk around Parque Nahomi, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 13:

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.
Go for a jaunt from San Jose to Vara Blanca to see Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: learn the secrets of beer at Carpe Chepe, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose sightseeing tool.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. August in San Jose sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Nightlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 16:

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 1 night

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.
On the 17th (Tue), stroll through Nature Observatorio and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip tool.

Getting from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 17:

Tortuguero

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero online route planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 18:
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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 plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker website.

You can 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. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 24:

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.