30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to Poas Volcano National Park
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Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 5 nights
Fly

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Poas Volcano National Park

A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano, then stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Else Kientzler Botanical Garden.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Poas Volcano National Park road trip planning tool.

Chicago, USA to Poas Volcano National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

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Poas Volcano
Volcano
Poas Volcano
4.1
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
4.9

6
nights
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, get the adrenaline pumping with Sky Adventures Arenal Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

Discover how to plan a La Fortuna de San Carlos trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Poas Volcano National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Hot Spring
Tabacon Hot Springs
4.4
Arenal Volcano
Volcano
Arenal Volcano
3.5

1
night
Tortuguero

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 10th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tortuguero visit app.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
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Tortuguero National Park ©
National Park
Tortuguero National Park
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4
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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.
Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, and stroll through Nature Observatorio.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca holiday maker site.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

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Cahuita National Park ©
National Park
Cahuita National Park
4.8

4
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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.
Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita) and Dominical (Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store & Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, stroll around Parque Nahomi, explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Manuel Antonio takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

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4
nights
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.
Spend the 21st (Wed) exploring nature at Carara National Park. There's lots more to do: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the views from Tarcoles Bridge, and look for gifts at Fruity Monkey Poop.

To see more things to do and tourist information, read our Jaco road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Zipline
Zipline
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Carara National Park ©
National Park
Carara National Park
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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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk.

To see maps and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde online tour planner.

You can drive from Jaco to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure
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Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore Tamarindo's surroundings by going to MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY (in Nosara), Playa Samara (Samara Beach & Belen Waterfall) and Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, take a memorable tour with Tours, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo tour 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. On the 30th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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