46 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

46 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

This plan was created by another user. Make it your plan

Route & dates

Start: Quebec City, Quebec
+3
Bus + Fly + Bus + Shuttle:  9 h 30 min
1
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 8 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Liberia
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Monteverde
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Nosara
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Tamarindo
— 5 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
8
Gulf of Papagayo
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  13 h
End: Quebec City, Quebec

4
nights
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.
Take a break from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca with a short trip to Veragua Rainforest Park in Puerto Limon, about 1h 25 min away. Spend the 18th (Sun) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach, look for gifts at Talamanca Family Art, stroll through Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip website.

Quebec City, Canada to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 16- hour combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Quebec City to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca due to the time zone difference. On the 21st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cahuita, Veragua Rainforest Park, Talamanca Family Art
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

8
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.
Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos with an excursion to Arenal Eco Zoo in El Castillo--about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, and Head underground at Venado Caves.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Arenal Eco Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

6
nights
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.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, see MidWorld Costa Rica, look for gifts at Super Joseth, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Liberia.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Quepos
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

5
nights
Liberia

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Explore Liberia's surroundings by going to Scuba & Snorkeling (in Playas del Coco), Rio Celeste (in Tenorio Volcano National Park) and Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Rincon de La Vieja National Park, look for gifts at Souvenirs La gran Nicoya, and get active on the water at Sea Star CR Sport Fishing and Adventure Tours.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Liberia sightseeing planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Liberia by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Liberia

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Sea Star CR Sport Fishing and Adventure Tours, Rio Celeste, Rincon de La Vieja National Park, Playa Hermosa
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Rio Celeste ©
Rio Celeste

6
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Monteverde side-trips: Viento Fresco Waterfall (in Tilaran) and Life Monteverde (in Los Tornos). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery, stop by Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center, and admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas).

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Monteverde tour itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Liberia to Monteverde takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nosara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Viento Fresco Waterfall, Life Monteverde
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

5
nights
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nosara: Barra Honda National Park (in Nicoya) and Samara Beach (in Playa Samara). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa Guiones, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, view the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, and stroll through SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nosara trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Monteverde to Nosara by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Nosara

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Barra Honda National Park, Samara Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Playa Guiones ©
Playa Guiones

5
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.
Take a break from Tamarindo with a short trip to Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal, about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, look for gifts at EK Art Jewelry, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, and explore the galleries of Lydia Beech Art Boutique.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nosara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Gulf of Papagayo.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Playa Conchal, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Highlights from your plan
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

5
nights
Gulf of Papagayo

A concerted development project by the government given Gulf of Papagayo a growing number of luxury and all inclusive resort complexes and turned it into one of the country's leading holiday destinations.
Explore Gulf of Papagayo's surroundings by going to Playas del Coco (Sea Hag Clothing, Spas & Wellness, &more) and The Monkey Farm (in Playa Ocotal). There's more to do: stop by Playa Ocotal.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Gulf of Papagayo trip planner.

You can take a bus from Tamarindo to Gulf of Papagayo in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gulf of Papagayo

Spas Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Playa Ocotal, The Monkey Farm
Highlights from your plan
Spas & Wellness
Playa Ocotal ©
Playa Ocotal
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco

Similar Plans

27 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM COSTA RICA October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems Preferences: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 48 days in United States, Caribbean, South America, Central America, Mexico & South Pacific BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular sights Preferences: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 60 days in Panama, Colombia & Costa Rica BY A USER FROM TRINIDAD & TOBAGO January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, hidden gems Preferences: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 8 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, hidden gems Preferences: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 8 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM THAILAND December, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, hidden gems Preferences: December, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 14 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM HONDURAS December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems Preferences: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 6 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights Preferences: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 8 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM NICARAGUA April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems Preferences: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 10 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM DENMARK January, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, hidden gems Preferences: January, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 10 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems Preferences: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 8 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: November, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 11 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM CANADA February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, slow & easy, hidden gems Preferences: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy
See more plans