31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

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Vara Blanca
— 1 day
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
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Drake Bay
— 4 nights
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Uvita
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
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Jaco
— 4 nights
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
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Playa Flamingo
— 3 nights
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Vara Blanca

— 1 day
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then stroll through La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Vara Blanca vacation planner.

San Jose to Vara Blanca is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Tortuguero

— 1 night

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 2nd (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip planner.

Drive from Vara Blanca to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 4 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.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Playa Puerto Viejo. Spend the 4th (Wed) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. It doesn't end there: stroll through Nature Observatorio and take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

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Drake Bay

— 4 nights
Relax by the water at Reserva Biologica Isla del Cano and Playa San Josecito. Visiting Cano Island and Piedras Blancas National Park will get you outdoors.

Discover how to plan a Drake Bay trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Drake Bay takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Uvita

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): get outside with Ballena Aventura and then enjoy the sand and surf at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. Here are some ideas for day two: ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge and then explore the activities along Kokopelli.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Uvita road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Uvita takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

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Manuel Antonio

— 4 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Visiting Playa Manuel Antonio and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Rainmaker Park in Parrita (about 46 minutes away). There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and see Off-Road Tours.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip planning site.

Getting from Uvita to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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Jaco

— 4 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Zipline and Horseback Riding Tours. Spend the 19th (Thu) exploring nature at Carara National Park. Next up on the itinerary: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, push the limits with an extreme tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaco holiday builder app.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. Next up on the itinerary: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond, surround yourself with nature on Guia Naturalista Olman Gonzalez, and take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planner.

You can drive from Jaco to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Adventure
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 5 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 Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall. There's lots more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, and stroll around Bogarin Trail.

Plan trip to La Fortuna de San Carlos with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Playa Flamingo

— 3 nights

White Beach

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Conchal and Garra de Leon Golf Course. Step out of Playa Flamingo to go to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste and see Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and enjoy the sand and surf at Prieta Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Playa Flamingo trip planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playa Flamingo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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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.