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.
Step out of the city life by going to Shark Diving and Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja. Relax by the water at Playa Hermosa and Playa Nacascolo. Take a break from Playas del Coco with a short trip to Rio Negro Hot Springs in Rincon de La Vieja, about 1h 20 min away. There's more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco travel route app.

Brisbane, Australia to Playas del Coco is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 16 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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 Playa Avellana for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Tamarindo Beach. 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 Monkey Park and stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo 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) so you can 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. Next up on the itinerary: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, stroll through Ecological Sanctuary, and take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde tour planner.

Getting from Tamarindo to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

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 Jaco Beach. There's still lots to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, play a few rounds at Tee Times Costa Rica, head outdoors with Costa Rica SUP'ers, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Jaco tour website.

Drive from Monteverde to Jaco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car 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 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 · Parks

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 Poas Volcano. Step out of San Jose with an excursion to Toucan Rescue Ranch in San Isidro--about 32 minutes 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 · Tours · Outdoors

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 Puerto Viejo Beach will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park, stroll through Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, 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 · Beaches · 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 River Rafting & Tubing. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, stroll around Bogarin Trail, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

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

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.