30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner
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Fly
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San Jose
— 2 nights
Shuttle
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive
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Quepos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
10
San Jose
— 4 nights
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San Jose — 2 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 the Church of Carthage and Iglesia La Soledad will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and Top Travel Costa Rica. When in San Jose, make a side trip to see Teatro Municipal in Alajuela, approximately Alajuela away. There's still lots to do: have fun and explore at Museo de los Ninos, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at Va de nuevo, and get some fabulous bargains at Mercado Municipal De Artesanias.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose visit app.

London, UK to San Jose is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in August: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to take a shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tabacon Hot Springs and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Onirica Art Gallery. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos, take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs, and browse the exhibits of Wood & Art Gallery.

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You can take a shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Monteverde.
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Monteverde — 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ecological Sanctuary and Arte Jaguar Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Zipline. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk, catch some excitement at El Trapiche Tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.
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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.
On the 30th (Tue), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and then stop by Azul Profundo Boutique. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: play a few rounds at Garra de Leon Golf Course and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.
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Tortuguero — 2 nights

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Jungle Tom Safaris Day Tours and then get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero holiday tool.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Tortuguero in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. In September, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca — 2 nights

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.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Cahuita National Park. The adventure continues: stroll through Playa Puerto Viejo and kick back and relax at Playa Punta Uva.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Uvita.
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Uvita — 1 night

Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
On the 6th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, then stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Uvita trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Quepos.
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Quepos — 3 nights

The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby Manuel Antonio National Park.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Manuel Antonio and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's still lots to do: see Off-Road Tours, view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Quepos sightseeing tool.

You can drive from Uvita to Quepos in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Jaco.
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Jaco — 2 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 Zipline and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's much more to do: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Jaco, see Off-Road Tours, and view the masterpieces at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Jaco online trip maker.

You can drive from Quepos to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.
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San Jose — 4 nights

Your inner history buff will appreciate Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles and Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo de Arte Costarricense and Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. See some other sides of San Jose: view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip planner.

You can drive from Jaco to San Jose in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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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.
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Arenal Volcano National Park travel guide

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Hot Springs · Waterfalls · River Rafting & Tubing
Plan a tour of Arenal Volcano National Park to get in touch with nature, enjoy scenic views, and admire the majestic volcano up close. The park, established in 1991, protects a variety of ecosystems and wildlife. You can choose from four hiking trails, taking you across the rainforest and lava fields. Enjoy scenic lookout points, see a staggering variety of birds and plants, or climb the dormant Mount Chato on your trip to Arenal Volcano National Park.
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