31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica travel planner

Make it your trip
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Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 7 nights
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Playas del Coco

— 2 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.
Get in touch with nature at Shark Diving and Playa Nacascolo. 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 Hermosa.

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 · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 2 — 4:

Tamarindo

— 3 nights
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 · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 4 — 7:

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.
Get outdoors at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. And it doesn't end there: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, admire the sheer force of San Luis Waterfall, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, and relax in the rural setting at Hidden Valley Permaculture Farm.

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 do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 10:

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.
Get outdoors at Horseback Riding Tours and Zipline. 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.

Drive from Monteverde to Jaco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; 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 · Golf

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 13:

Manuel Antonio

— 3 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 get in some beach time at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Visiting Fishing Charters & Tours and Nature & Wildlife 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 · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 16:

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and Toucan Rescue Ranch. Step out of San Jose with an excursion to Poas Volcano in Poas Volcano National Park--about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, enjoy some diversion at Tropical Bungee, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. 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 · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 19:

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 3 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.
Visiting Nature Observatorio and Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach, have some family-friendly fun at Yesland Mini Golf, and admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip site.

You can drive from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 22:

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 7 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.
Escape the urban bustle at La Fortuna Waterfall and Tabacon Hot Springs. There's much more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, stroll around Bogarin Trail, and take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour planner.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 29:

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.