31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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

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Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©

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 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 · Beaches · Nature

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Shark Diving
Shark Diving
4.7

3
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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 Playa Avellana for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Monkey Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Garra de Leon Golf Course (in Playa Conchal) and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo). It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach and look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tamarindo road trip planning site.

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

Things to do in Tamarindo

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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
4.7

3
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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, 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

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Must see
Zipline
4.2

3
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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.

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

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Zipline
Zipline
4.7
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Beach
Jaco Beach
3.6

3
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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.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Visiting Fishing Charters & Tours and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. There's more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife 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

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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours
4.6

3
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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.
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 · Outdoors

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Volcano
Poas Volcano
4.1
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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing
4.6

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©

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 · Beaches · Nature

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National Park
Cahuita National Park
4.8

7
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at La Fortuna Waterfall and Tabacon Hot Springs. There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning tool.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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Must see
Tabacon Hot Springs
4.4

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