30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Playas del Coco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  3​h
4
Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Bus:  3​h 30​min
8
San Jose
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Atlanta

4
nights
Playas del Coco

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 some cultural insight at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts and Costa Rica'n Art Craft. Step out of the city life by going to Playa Hermosa and River Rafting & Tubing. Get out of town with these interesting Playas del Coco side-trips: Llanos de Cortez Waterfall (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste), Rio Negro Hot Springs (in Rincon de La Vieja) and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Liberia). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, explore the striking landscape of Rincon de La Vieja National Park, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Playas del Coco trip itinerary builder .

Atlanta, USA to Playas del Coco is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Atlanta to Playas del Coco. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Liberia, Rincon de La Vieja National Park, Rio Negro Hot Springs, Playa Hermosa
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park

4
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Lydia Beech Art Boutique and St Paul's by the Sea. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Horseback Riding Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo). There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Park, and kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Playa Conchal
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Spas

3
nights
Playa Samara

A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Step out of the city life by going to Horseback Riding Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project and Barrigona Beach. Step out of Playa Samara with an excursion to SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary in Nosara--about 58 minutes away. It doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Getting from Tamarindo to Playa Samara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Jaco.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project, SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
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Horseback Riding Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

2
nights
Jaco

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.
On the 13th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Carara National Park and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then take in the exciting artwork at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Jaco attractions planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Playa Samara to Jaco in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Carara National Park, Horseback Riding Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Horseback Riding Tours

4
nights
Manuel Antonio

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Zipline. Get outdoors at Playa Manuel Antonio and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Uvita (Uvita Beach, Uvita Waterfall, & more). There's lots more to do: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio journey builder app .

Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Uvita, Quepos, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

5
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
Take a break from the city and head to La Fortuna Waterfall and Tabacon Hot Springs. For shopping fun, head to Wood & Art Gallery or Onirica Art Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo (about 38 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, ride a horse along Arenal Wilberth Stables, take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

3
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Punta Uva Beach and Veragua Rainforest Park. Escape the urban bustle at Playa Cocles and La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Nature Observatorio, stop by Choco, and admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio, Veragua Rainforest Park
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

4
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ruinas de Ujarras and Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana). Get outdoors at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and Poas Volcano. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles (in Cartago) and Guayabo National Park and Monument (in Turrialba). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Multiplaza.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip planner.

You can take a bus from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 67°F. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Guayabo National Monument, Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion, Multiplaza, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Poas Volcano
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