45 days in Nicaragua & Costa Rica Itinerary

45 days in Nicaragua & Costa Rica Itinerary

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1
Esteli, Nicaragua
— 4 nights
2
Diriamba, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
3
Tola, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
4
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 6 nights
5
Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
— 5 nights
6
El Castillo, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
7
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
8
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
9
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
10
Quepos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
11
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
12
Cahuita, Costa Rica
— 2 nights

4
nights
Esteli, Nicaragua

Esteli ©
Sitting up in the north central highlands, Esteli enjoys a fairly mild climate throughout the year.
Go for a jaunt from Esteli to Somoto to see Cañón de Somoto about 1h 45 min away. There's much more to do: stroll through Reserva Natural Miraflor, take in the dramatic scenery at Esteli Waterfall, and hike along El Jalacate.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Esteli tour planner.

Orlando, USA to Esteli is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Orlando in September; daily highs in Esteli reach °F and lows reach °F. You'll set off for Diriamba on the 24th (Fri).

Things to do in Esteli

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Cañón de Somoto
Highlights from your plan
Reserva Natural Miraflor ©
Reserva Natural Miraflor
El Jalacate ©
El Jalacate
Cañón de Somoto ©
Cañón de Somoto

3
nights
Diriamba, Nicaragua

Diriamba ©
Diriamba is a municipality in the Carazo department of Nicaragua, with a population of 57,542 (2005). Kids will enjoy Chocoyero-El Brujo Natural Reserve and Playa La Boquita. Step out of Diriamba to go to San Rafael del Sur and see Playa de Pochomil, which is approximately 50 minutes away. It doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Hervideros de San Jacinto and tour the pleasant surroundings at Gaia Estate.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Diriamba trip planner.

Drive from Esteli to Diriamba in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 27th (Mon), you'll travel to Tola.

Things to do in Diriamba

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa de Pochomil, Chocoyero-El Brujo Natural Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Chocoyero-El Brujo Natural Reserve ©
Chocoyero-El Brujo Natural Reserve
Hervideros de San Jacinto ©
Hervideros de San Jacinto
Playa La Boquita ©
Playa La Boquita

3
nights
Tola, Nicaragua

Tola ©
Tola is a municipality in the Rivas department of Nicaragua. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bordport and Popoyo Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Tola side-trips: Playa Redonda (in Playa Redonda), Museo de Antropologia e Historia (in Rivas) and Playa y Cuevas Punta de Piedra (in Cardenas).

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tola trip website.

Drive from Diriamba to Tola in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Tola

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Redonda, Museo de Antropologia e Historia, Playa y Cuevas Punta de Piedra
Highlights from your plan
Popoyo Beach ©
Popoyo Beach
Museo de Antropologia e Historia ©
Museo de Antropologia e Historia

6
nights
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

San Juan del Sur ©
Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
Nica Sail & Surf The Catamaran has been added to your itinerary. Kids will enjoy La Flor Beach Natural Reserve and San Juan del Sur Beach. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, get outside with Da' Flying Frog Extreme Adventure, kick back and relax at Playa el Coco, and examine the collection at ChocoMuseo San Juan del Sur.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Juan del Sur trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Tola to San Juan del Sur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in San Juan del Sur can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. You'll set off for Isla de Ometepe on the 6th (Wed).

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve
Nica Sail & Surf The Catamaran ©
Nica Sail & Surf The Catamaran
San Juan del Sur Beach ©
San Juan del Sur Beach

5
nights
Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

Isla de Ometepe ©
Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
Kids will enjoy Volcan Concepcion and Punta Jesus Maria. There's much more to do: ponder the design of Ojo de Agua, examine the collection at Museo Ometepe, get impressive views of Volcan Maderas, and step off the mainland to explore Isla Ometepe.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Isla de Ometepe trip itinerary site.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow time for travel to El Castillo.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Punta Jesus Maria ©
Punta Jesus Maria
Laguna Charco Verde ©
Laguna Charco Verde
Volcan Concepcion ©
Volcan Concepcion

3
nights
El Castillo, Nicaragua

El Castillo ©
Change things up with these side-trips from El Castillo: San Carlos (San Carlos Fortress & Zapote Island) and Reserva Silvestre Privada Montecristo (in Boca Sabalos).

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read El Castillo road trip planning tool.

You can take a bus from Isla de Ometepe to El Castillo in 9 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in El Castillo

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

San Carlos, Reserva Silvestre Privada Montecristo
Highlights from your plan
Reserva Biologica Indio Maiz ©
Reserva Biologica Indio Maiz
Reserva Silvestre Privada Montecristo ©
Reserva Silvestre Privada Montecristo
San Carlos Fortress ©
San Carlos Fortress

3
nights
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

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.
Sunquest Heli Tours has been added to your itinerary. Kids will enjoy Playa Conchal and Rincon de La Vieja National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playas del Coco: Costa Rica'n Art Craft (in Liberia) and Rio Negro Hot Springs (in Rincon de La Vieja). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and look for gifts at Cata Chocolate.

Plan my trip to Playas del Coco with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from El Castillo to Playas del Coco. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Costa Rica'n Art Craft, Rincon de La Vieja National Park, Rio Negro Hot Springs, Playa Hermosa, Playa Conchal
Highlights from your plan
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

5
nights
Monteverde, Costa Rica

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Free Spirit Costa Rica as well as Venado Caves. Family-friendly places like Curi Cancha Reserve and Jardin de Orquideas San Bosco will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, explore the galleries of Alas y Raices, stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Butterfly Garden at Selvatura Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde sightseeing website.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Free Spirit Costa Rica, Venado Caves
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Venado Caves ©
Venado Caves
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

3
nights
San Jose, Costa Rica

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and Museo de Arte Costarricense. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Zoo Ave (in Alajuela) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Irazu Volcano National Park, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and stroll around Parque La Sabana.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip planner.

Drive from Monteverde to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Quepos.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, Zoo Ave, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Irazu Volcano National Park
Highlights from your plan
Zoo Ave ©
Zoo Ave
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

2
nights
Quepos, Costa Rica

The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Fishing Charters & Tours and Jaco Beach. Explore Quepos' surroundings by going to Jaco (Bambu & Zukia Art Gallery) and Rainmaker Park (in Parrita). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Birding Spots Manuel Antonio and kick back and relax at Playa Espadilla Norte.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Quepos journey planning website.

You can drive from San Jose to Quepos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Quepos

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Jaco, Rainmaker Park
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park

4
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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.
Endemic Bird Expert Costa Rica has been added to your itinerary. Family-friendly places like Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz will thrill your kids. Take a break from Manuel Antonio with a short trip to Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge in Uvita, about 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the natural beauty of Manuel Antonio Hot Springs, stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, and kick back and relax at Playas Gemelas.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio route maker website.

Manuel Antonio is just a short distance from Quepos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park

2
nights
Cahuita, Costa Rica

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica as well as Nature Observatorio. Kids will enjoy Cahuita National Park and Playa Cocles. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach and admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cahuita trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Cahuita in 6.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Cahuita can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Nature Observatorio
Highlights from your plan
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

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