31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Start: Brisbane
Fly:  26 h
1
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Shuttle:  2 h 15 min
4
Jaco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 7 nights
Fly:  27 h
End: Brisbane

2
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Shark Diving and Playa Hermosa. Change things up with a short trip to Rio Negro Hot Springs in Rincon de La Vieja (about 1h 20 min away). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Rincon de La Vieja National Park, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Nacascolo.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco online itinerary planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Playas del Coco is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -16 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Rio Negro Hot Springs, Rincon de La Vieja National Park, Playa Nacascolo, Playa Hermosa
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Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Shark Diving
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

3
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.
Visit Playa Conchal and Tamarindo Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Garra de Leon Golf Course. Take a break from Tamarindo with a short trip to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours in Playa Flamingo, about 30 minutes away. There's more to do: stroll through Playa Avellana and stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip planner.

Drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
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 outdoors at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Curi Cancha Reserve. And it doesn't end there: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, experience rural life at Hidden Valley Permaculture Farm, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, and take in the dramatic scenery at San Luis Waterfall.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Monteverde online itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to catch the shuttle to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

San Luis Waterfall
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 10:
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

3
nights
Jaco

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.
Get outdoors at Zipline and Horseback Riding Tours. The adventure continues: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, tee off at Tee Times Costa Rica, get outside with Costa Rica SUP'ers, and stroll through Jaco Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Jaco tour itinerary planner.

Take a shuttle from Monteverde to Jaco in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Tee Times Costa Rica
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 13:
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Zipline
Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. There's more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Getting from Jaco to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Quepos
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 16:
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense and enjoy some diversion at Tropical Bungee.

You can plan San Jose trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to San Jose by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In July in San Jose, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Poas Volcano, Toucan Rescue Ranch
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Visiting Cahuita National Park and Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio, kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach, get your game on at Yesland Mini Golf, and admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

To find out how to plan a trip to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio, Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 22:
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Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

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.
Escape the urban bustle at La Fortuna Waterfall and Ecotermales Fortuna. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, walk around Bogarin Trail, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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