30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly + Shuttle:  27 h
1
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Quepos
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
5
San Jose
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h
6
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
7
Drake Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  9 h 15 min
8
Cano Negro
— 2 nights
Drive:  8 h
9
Ballena
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
10
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
+3
Shuttle + Foot + Shuttle + Fly:  29 h
End: Sydney

1
night
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 1st (Sat), kick back and relax at Playa Conchal and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip maker website.

Sydney, Australia to Tamarindo is an approximately 26- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and shuttle. You'll gain 16 hours traveling from Sydney to Tamarindo due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to La Fortuna Waterfall and Tabacon Hot Springs. You'll explore and learn at Wood & Art Gallery and Onirica Art Gallery. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo, approximately El Castillo away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos, get interesting insight from Tours, and stroll through Proyecto Asis.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano, Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

2
nights
Monteverde

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.
On the 7th (Fri), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then see the interesting displays at Chorotega Arts & Crafts. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then stroll through Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip builder app.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Quepos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

2
nights
Quepos

The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): cast your line with a fishing tour. On your second day here, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

Plan my trip to Quepos with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Monteverde to Quepos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Quepos

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Horseback Riding Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Fishing Charters & Tours
Horseback Riding Tours

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.
Get outdoors at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and Poas Volcano. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica and Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles. Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Guayabo National Monument (in Turrialba), Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro) and Ruins of the Church of Carthage (in Cartago). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum and see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose travel route planner.

Traveling by bus from Quepos to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, daytime highs in San Jose are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cartago, Poas Volcano, Guayabo National Monument, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Toucan Rescue Ranch
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Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Guayabo National Monument ©
Guayabo National Monument

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio online trip planner.

Take a bus from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

3
nights
Drake Bay

Drake Bay ©
Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cano Island.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Drake Bay holiday planner.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Cano Negro.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Cano Island ©
Cano Island
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Cano Negro

Cano Negro ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): stroll through Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge and then explore and take pictures at Laberinto de Katira.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cano Negro day trip website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Drake Bay to Cano Negro. In February, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time for travel to Ballena.

Things to do in Cano Negro

Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Chocolate Sibaeli, Laberinto de Katira
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Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge ©
Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge
Laberinto de Katira ©
Laberinto de Katira
Chocolate Sibaeli ©
Chocolate Sibaeli

2
nights
Ballena

Ballena ©
On the 23rd (Sun), explore the activities along Kokopelli.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ballena tour itinerary website.

Drive from Cano Negro to Ballena in 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Ballena

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kokopelli
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Kokopelli ©
Kokopelli

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then view the masterpieces at Coco Loco Art Studio & Gallery. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Ballena to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5.5 hours. On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Spas Nature Tours
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Ecotermales Fortuna ©
Ecotermales Fortuna
Baldi Hot Springs ©
Baldi Hot Springs

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