30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
2
Tortuguero
— 1 night
3
Turrialba
— 2 nights
4
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
5
Monteverde
— 13 nights
6
Carate
— 1 night
7
San Jose
— 2 nights

4
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Avellana and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll get in some beach time at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Conchal. Step out of Tamarindo with an excursion to Samara Beach in Playa Samara--about 2h 15 min away. There's more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo online trip itinerary planner.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Tamarindo is an approximately 17-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dusseldorf to Tamarindo is minus 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Samara Beach
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Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
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 31st (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Tamarindo to Tortuguero in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Turrialba.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

2
nights
Turrialba

Turrialba ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): explore the ancient world of Guayabo National Monument. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Costa Rica Experience and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Turrialba takes 3 hours. Traveling from Tortuguero in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Turrialba, with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Turrialba

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites
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Guayabo National Monument ©
Guayabo National Monument
River Rafting & Tubing
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Costa Rica Experience

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.
Visiting Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, get interesting insight from Tours, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Turrialba to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

13
nights
Monteverde

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.
Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos and Ecological Sanctuary will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Santa Elena Skywalk and Coco Loco Art Studio & Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Monteverde side-trips: Rio Celeste (in Tenorio Volcano National Park), La Fortuna de San Carlos (Spas & Wellness, Onirica Art Gallery, &more) and Catedral de Ciudad Quesada (in Quesada). There's much more to do: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, browse the exhibits of Arte Jaguar Gallery, and delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve.

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Getting from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Carate.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Rio Celeste, Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa, Venado Caves, Catedral de Ciudad Quesada
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

1
night
Carate

Carate
To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Carate travel planning tool.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Carate takes 7.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Carate

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Nature
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2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, thensteep yourself in history at Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles. On the next day, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica, and then wander the streets of Multiplaza.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Jose route planner.

Getting from Carate to San Jose by car takes about 7 hours. In June in San Jose, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, Multiplaza, Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

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