30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Playas del Coco
— 4 nights
2
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
3
Playa Samara
— 3 nights
4
Jaco
— 2 nights
5
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
7
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
8
San Jose
— 4 nights

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.
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts and Costa Rica'n Art Craft are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Playa Hermosa and Rincon de La Vieja National Park. Explore Playas del Coco's surroundings by going to Liberia (River Rafting & Tubing & Adrenaline & Extreme Tours) and Rio Negro Hot Springs (in Rincon de La Vieja). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Playas del Coco trip itinerary planning tool.

Atlanta, USA to Playas del Coco is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Playas del Coco is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Liberia, Rincon de La Vieja National Park, Playa Hermosa, Rio Negro Hot Springs
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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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Conchal and Tamarindo Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fishing Charters & Tours and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Lydia Beech Art Boutique, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Playa Conchal
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Step out of the city life by going to Horseback Riding Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling. Go for a jaunt from Playa Samara to Nosara to see SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary about 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach.

Find out how to plan Playa Samara trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car 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 trot along with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then take in the exciting artwork at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaco trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Playa Samara to Jaco by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Horseback Riding Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Carara National Park
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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.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Manuel Antonio and Uvita Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Spas. Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Uvita (Uvita Waterfall & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time 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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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Onirica Art Gallery and Wood & Art Gallery. Visiting Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Natura Ecological Park will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo (about 38 minutes away). There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano, witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, and explore by horseback at Arenal Wilberth Stables.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary builder.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 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

Arenal Volcano, Butterfly Conservatory
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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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Punta Uva Beach and Playa Cocles. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature Observatorio and Veragua Rainforest Park. And it doesn't end there: browse the fresh offerings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, stop by Choco, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

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

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Cahuita, Veragua Rainforest Park, Nature Observatorio
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La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita ©
La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Guayabo National Monument and Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana). Get outdoors at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and Poas Volcano. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles (in Cartago) and Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion (in Ujarras). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Multiplaza.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Jose online vacation planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, Poas Volcano, Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion, Guayabo National Monument, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
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Guayabo National Monument ©
Guayabo National Monument

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