30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 3 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
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Monteverde
— 4 nights
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Jaco
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: ZENfit 506 (in San Rafael de Escazu), Else Kientzler Botanical Garden (in Sarchi) and Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago). There's lots more to do: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose driving holiday app.

Beirut, Lebanon to San Jose is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Beirut to San Jose. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Beirut in April: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 4:

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 4 — 6:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero trip builder.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. April in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 7:
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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: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the views from Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and stroll through Proyecto Asis.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 7 — 13:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste), Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Playa Samara (Playa Buena Vista & Samara Beach). There's much more to do: stroll through Tamarindo Beach, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo journey planning website.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 13 — 17:

Monteverde

— 4 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: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, and look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde route planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 21:

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.
Spend the 24th (Sat) exploring nature at Carara National Park. There's still lots to do: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Jaco, take a memorable tour with Tours, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Jaco trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Jaco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 21 — 24:

Manuel Antonio

— 3 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dominical (Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store & Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary) and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita). There's lots more to do: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, walk around Parque Nahomi, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 27:

Poas Volcano National Park

— 2 nights
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
On the 28th (Wed), admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get impressive views of Poas Volcano.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Poas Volcano National Park trip maker app.

You can fly from Manuel Antonio to Poas Volcano National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 27 — 29:

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.