30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Jose
Drive:  1 h
1
Cartago
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive:  7 h
4
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 7 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Nosara
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
9
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h
End: San Jose

1
night
Cartago

Cartago ©
Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25km east of the capital, San José. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico Lankester and then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cartago trip itinerary website.

San Jose to Cartago is an approximately 1- hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. February in Cartago sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Cartago

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites
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Jardin Botanico Lankester ©
Jardin Botanico Lankester
Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles ©

2
nights
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.
Spend the 13th (Thu) exploring nature at Tortuguero National Park. There's more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

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Traveling by car from Cartago to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. February in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Museums
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

3
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
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 15th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cahuita National Park
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Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita ©
La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita

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.
Visiting MidWorld Costa Rica and Playa Biesanz will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: do sightseeing your way with Mulguri Adventure and deepen your understanding at Academia D'Amore.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planning tool.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Academia D'Amore
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MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Mulguri Adventure ©
Mulguri Adventure

7
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall. There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves, take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs, and contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano.

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Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

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

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Ecological Sanctuary and Santa Elena Skywalk. Get outdoors at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Horseback Riding Tours. There's much more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, and take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde journey maker site.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

4
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Get in touch with nature at Tamarindo Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Relax by the water at Playa Conchal and Playa Hermosa. Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Playas del Coco (Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts & Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, and step aboard Kingpin Sportfishing.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo online visit planner.

Getting from Monteverde to Tamarindo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nosara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Playa Conchal, Playa Hermosa, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

3
nights
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Take a break from the city and head to Samara Beach and Playa Guiones. When in Nosara, make a side trip to see Barrigona Beach in Playa Samara, approximately Playa Samara away. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nosara Refuge for Wildlife and take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nosara trip app.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Nosara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Nosara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Samara
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Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

2
nights
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
On the 10th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen, then take in the dramatic scenery at Montezuma Falls, and then stop by Tica Surf Bikinis. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Santa Teresa and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa day trip planning site.

Getting from Nosara to Santa Teresa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Montezuma Falls
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

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