30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica travel route planner

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Fly
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cano Negro
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 7 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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Vara Blanca
— 4 nights
Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to Greater Rochester International Airport

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal), Nosara (Playa Guiones & MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY) and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, and find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip planner.

Rochester, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rochester to Tamarindo due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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4
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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: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), relax in the rural setting at Hidden Valley Permaculture Farm, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cano Negro.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 9:

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Cano Negro

On the 10th (Wed), stroll through Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cano Negro holiday maker site.

You can drive from Monteverde to Cano Negro in 3.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Cano Negro

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 10:
Highlights from your trip

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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 a memorable tour with Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, and see Off-Road Tours.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip tool.

You can drive from Cano Negro to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 10 — 17:

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero vacation planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 18:

4
nights
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.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is known for wildlife, beaches, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, stroll through Tarantulas Way, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, and kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach.

You can plan Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 18 — 22:

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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 Jaco (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Parque Recreativo Johannes Dankers, &more), Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store (in Dominical) and Tarcoles Bridge (in Tarcoles). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, walk around Parque Nahomi, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio tour itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Manuel Antonio takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 22 — 26:

4
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Vara Blanca

A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Get out of town with these interesting Vara Blanca side-trips: La Virgen (Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park & Tirimbina Biological Reserve), Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Grecia (Los Chorros Waterfalls & Parque Central De Grecia). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and stroll through La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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.