30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  10 h
1
Liberia
— Few hours
Drive:  30 min
2
Playa Ocotal
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
San Ramon
— 3 nights
Drive:  8 h
4
San Pedro de Poas
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h
6
San Gerardo de Dota
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Ojochal
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Tarcoles
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
9
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
10
Playa Hermosa
— 4 nights
Bus:  30 min
11
Liberia
— 1 night
Fly:  11 h 45 min
End: Vancouver

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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.
To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Liberia attractions planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Liberia is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. On the 12th (Wed), you're off to Playa Ocotal.

Things to do in Liberia

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 13:

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nights
Playa Ocotal

Playa Ocotal
To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Playa Ocotal trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Liberia to Playa Ocotal in an hour. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to San Ramon.

Things to do in Playa Ocotal

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 15:

3
nights
San Ramon

San Ramon
San Ramón is a city in the canton of San Ramón in Alajuela Province in Costa Rica. For photos and tourist information, use the San Ramon trip planning site .

You can drive from Playa Ocotal to San Ramon in 3.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in San Ramon can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to San Pedro de Poas.

Things to do in San Ramon

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 18:

2
nights
San Pedro de Poas

San Pedro de Poas
To find out how to plan a trip to San Pedro de Poas, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from San Ramon to San Pedro de Poas in an hour. In February, daytime highs in San Pedro de Poas are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui.

Things to do in San Pedro de Poas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 20:

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui
For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui road trip site .

You can drive from San Pedro de Poas to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui in 2 hours. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Gerardo de Dota.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 22:

2
nights
San Gerardo de Dota

San Gerardo de Dota
For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Gerardo de Dota trip builder site .

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui to San Gerardo de Dota in 3.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Ojochal.

Things to do in San Gerardo de Dota

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 24:

3
nights
Ojochal

Ojochal
Spend the 25th (Tue) exploring at Marino Ballena National Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Ojochal online itinerary builder .

You can drive from San Gerardo de Dota to Ojochal in 3 hours. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tarcoles.

Things to do in Ojochal

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 27:

5
nights
Tarcoles

Tarcoles
To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Tarcoles day trip planner .

Getting from Ojochal to Tarcoles by car takes about 2.5 hours. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tarcoles

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 3:

3
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.
To see reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Tarcoles to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Fri) before leaving for Playa Hermosa.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 3 — 6:

4
nights
Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa, located in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica, is a popular beach and beach-front resort town.People who visit Playa Hermosa can indulge in swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving, sport fishing or sailing.Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste Province is not to be confused with Playa Hermosa, Puntarenas Province. Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Hermosa and Playa Manzanillo.

For more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Playa Hermosa sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playa Hermosa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. On the 10th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Liberia.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Playa Manzanillo, Playa Nacascolo
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 10:
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Manzanillo ©
Playa Manzanillo
Playa Nacascolo ©
Playa Nacascolo

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Liberia

Liberia
To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Liberia online trip builder .

Liberia is very close to Playa Hermosa. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Liberia

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 11:

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