31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica travel planner
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Fly
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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
6
San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 7 nights
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Playas del Coco — 2 nights

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 Rio Negro Hot Springs. Relax by the water at Playa Hermosa and Playa Nacascolo. Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja, 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.
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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.
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.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
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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.
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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 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.
Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Golf
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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 Nature & Wildlife Tours and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio online holiday planner.

You can drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for San Jose on the 16th (Tue).
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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.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca — 3 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.
Visiting Cahuita National Park and Playa Puerto Viejo will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio, have some family-friendly fun at Yesland Mini Golf, and take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Getting from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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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 Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, stroll around Bogarin Trail, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

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.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
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Find places to stay Jul 22 — 29:

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.