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:  15​h
1
San Jose
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
2
San Pedro de Poas
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Horquetas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Gerardo de Dota
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Ojochal
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Manuel Antonio
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Tarcoles
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Cano Negro
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Playas del Coco
— 7 nights
Drive:  30​min
11
Liberia
— Few hours
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Vancouver

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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.
To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Jose trip itinerary builder app .

Vancouver, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Vancouver to San Jose, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Vancouver in February: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 30°C and lows are around 21°C. On the 18th (Tue), you'll travel to San Pedro de Poas.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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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 Jose to San Pedro de Poas in an hour. Traveling from San Jose in February, you will find days in San Pedro de Poas are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Horquetas.

Things to do in San Pedro de Poas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Horquetas

Horquetas
To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Horquetas trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Pedro de Poas to Horquetas takes 2.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to San Gerardo de Dota.

Things to do in Horquetas

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife
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San Gerardo de Dota

San Gerardo de Dota
For 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 Horquetas 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 Outdoors
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Ojochal

Ojochal ©
Take a break from the city and head to Marino Ballena National Park and Oro Verde Biological Reserve.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ojochal trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Gerardo de Dota to Ojochal takes 3 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Ojochal

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Uvita
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Marino Ballena National Park ©
Marino Ballena National Park

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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.
To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online trip maker .

You can drive from Ojochal to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. You'll set off for Tarcoles on the 27th (Thu).

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Tarcoles

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

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Tarcoles by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. 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
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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.
You've now added Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park to your itinerary. It doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning tool .

You can drive from Tarcoles to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cano Negro.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park
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Los Lagos Hot Springs ©
Los Lagos Hot Springs
Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park ©

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Cano Negro

Cano Negro
To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cano Negro trip planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cano Negro in 2.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 25°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Mon) before leaving for Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Cano Negro

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Palo Verde Boat Tours. Get outdoors at Playas del coco and Playa Ocotal.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco trip planning tool .

Playas del Coco is just a short distance from Playa Hermosa. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Mon) before leaving for Liberia.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Province of Guanacaste, Playas del coco
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Playa Ocotal ©
Playa Ocotal
Palo Verde Boat Tours ©
Palo Verde Boat Tours
Playas del coco ©
Playas del coco

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

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Liberia takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 16th (Mon).

Things to do in Liberia

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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