29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Brussels
+3
train + Fly + bus + shuttle:  18​h 45​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
San Jose
— 4 nights
bus + taxi:  3​h 30​min
5
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Nosara
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Monteverde
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Brussels

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.
Kids will enjoy Butterfly Conservatory and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ecocentro Danaus and Paradise Hot Springs. And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, get interesting insight from Tours, and take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning site .

Brussels, Belgium to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Brussels to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Uvita.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs

3
nights
Uvita

Uvita ©
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.
Family-friendly places like Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature & Wildlife Tours will thrill your kids. Discover out-of-the-way places like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Spas & Wellness. Change things up with a short trip to El Sitio Museo Finca 6 in Palmar Norte (about 44 minutes away). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Uvita online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Uvita takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Dominical, Nature & Wildlife Tours, El Sitio Museo Finca 6
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. Kids will appreciate attractions like Playa Biesanz and Rainmaker Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and stroll through Playa Espadilla Norte.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio driving holiday tool .

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Quepos, Rainmaker Park
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Zipline

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.
Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles) and Ruinas de Ujarras will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Precolumbian Gold Museum and Museo de Arte Costarricense. Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca) and Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum (in Orosi). And it doesn't end there: explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana), and wander the streets of Multiplaza.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose itinerary planner.

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in San Jose are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the shuttle to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion, Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, Multiplaza
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 3:
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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero tour itinerary builder site .

You can take a shuttle from San Jose to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Nosara.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Museums
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

4
nights
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Get a sense of the local culture at Koss Art Gallery and MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY. Explore hidden gems such as SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary and Spas & Wellness. Change things up with these side-trips from Nosara: Playa Samara (Belen Waterfall & dondeJavitours). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, stop by Nativa Gallery, have some family-friendly fun at Eskina Skate Parq, and try for a hole-in-one at Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nosara day trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Tortuguero to Nosara in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Tortuguero in August, expect Nosara to be somewhat warmer, temps between 38°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Nosara

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trip

Playa Samara
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 8:
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Horseback Riding Tours

3
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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Zipline and Monkey Park. Explore hidden gems such as Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Fishing Charters & Tours. And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf, and admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo journey planner.

You can drive from Nosara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Zipline, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Zipline
Fishing Charters & Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ecological Sanctuary and Arte Jaguar Gallery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Monteverde Frog Pond. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde road trip website .

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 14:
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

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