30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  14 h
1
Liberia
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
2
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Drake Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
6
San Jose
— 4 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
7
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Fly:  16 h
End: Amsterdam

3
nights
Liberia

Liberia ©
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: Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands & Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Rincon de La Vieja National Park, stop by Nahua, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Palo Verde National Park, and sample the tasty concoctions at Maderos Brewery.

For photos, maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read our Liberia road trip tool .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Liberia is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Liberia is minus 7 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Liberia

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Province of Guanacaste
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Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Palo Verde National Park ©
Palo Verde National Park
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands

4
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) (in Nosara). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, find something for the whole family 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 where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Liberia to Tamarindo by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Playa Conchal
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

3
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.
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 fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk, whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Mirador de Jaco, Zipline, &more). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park, and look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip app .

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Quepos, Jaco
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Zipline
River Rafting & Tubing

4
nights
Drake Bay

Drake Bay ©
Step out of Drake Bay with an excursion to Corcovado National Park in Carate--about 1h 10 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 22nd (Sat) at Cano Island.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Drake Bay trip app .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Corcovado National Park
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Cano Island ©
Cano Island
Corcovado National Park ©
Corcovado National Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
San Jose

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: Teatro Municipal (in Alajuela), Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum (in Orosi). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park, get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico Lankester, and take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Drake Bay to San Jose in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Cartago, Poas Volcano, Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum, Else Kientzler Botanical Garden, Teatro Municipal
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park

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 29th (Sat): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tortuguero journey builder tool .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from San Jose to Tortuguero in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In February in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Tours
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

5
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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, trot along with a tour on horseback, snap pictures at Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

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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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

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