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

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 Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja, 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-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.
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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 Tamarindo Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Take a break from Tamarindo with a short trip to Garra de Leon Golf Course in Playa Conchal, about 34 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.
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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 Curi Cancha Reserve. 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 Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. The adventure continues: trot along with a tour on horseback, 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.
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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 River Rafting & Tubing. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense and enjoy some diversion at Tropical Bungee.

You can plan San Jose trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to San Jose by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: 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

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 Playa Puerto Viejo 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.
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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, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

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.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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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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