31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica vacation planner

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
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San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
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Jaco
— 3 nights
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
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Playa Samara
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
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Playas del Coco
— 4 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 nights
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'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bogarin Trail and Safaris. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Tabacon Hot Springs. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

Plan my day in La Fortuna de San Carlos using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Zurich, Switzerland to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 19:

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 2 nights

Walaba

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): stroll through Nature Observatorio and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarantulas Way. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then kick back and relax at Playa Punta Uva.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 21:

San Jose

— 3 nights
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.
Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion and Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana) will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles and Galeria Namu. Step out of San Jose with an excursion to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz in Vara Blanca--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, relax and rejuvenate at Yoga Massage Therapy, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in November, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:

Manuel Antonio

— 4 nights
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 discover tucked-away gems like Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and River Rafting & Tubing. Escape the urban bustle at Safari Adventures and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. When in Manuel Antonio, make a side trip to see Uvita Waterfall in Uvita, approximately Uvita away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, take in the waterfront at Marina Pez Vela, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Manuel Antonio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 24 — 28:

Jaco

— 3 nights
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Horseback Riding Tours and Tico Pod Art House & Gifts. Visiting Fishing Charters & Tours and Zipline will get you outdoors. There's more to do: see Off-Road Tours and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Jaco attractions planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 1:

Monteverde

— 3 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Visiting Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Ecological Sanctuary will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. The adventure continues: have fun at El Trapiche Tour and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Monteverde online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Jaco to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. December in Monteverde sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 4:

Playa Samara

— 3 nights
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Get in touch with nature at Horseback Riding Tours and Off-Road Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Playa Guiones. Change things up with a short trip to Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary in Nosara (about 58 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Playa Samara online travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Playa Samara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:

Tamarindo

— 4 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Off-Road Tours and Pura Aventura. And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Lydia Beech Art Boutique, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip planning tool.

Getting from Playa Samara to Tamarindo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 11:

Playas del Coco

— 4 nights

Coco Beach

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.
Visit Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco and Church of La Ermita La Agonia for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands. When in Playas del Coco, make a side trip to see Cataratas Llanos de Cortes in Bagaces, approximately Bagaces away. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. December in Playas del Coco sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 15:

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.