46 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

46 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary planner

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San Jose
— 4 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 7 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 4 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 5 nights
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Playa Samara
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo
— 5 nights
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Playas del Coco
— 5 nights
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San Jose

— 4 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Irazu Volcano National Park, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through Top Travel Costa Rica, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Jose trip website.

Minneapolis, USA to San Jose is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. In December, San Jose is much hotter than Minneapolis - with highs of 79°F and lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to take a shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 7 nights
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 in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, push the limits with Sky Adventures Arenal Park, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Tours · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Tortuguero

— 1 night

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.
On the 6th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero driving holiday website.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 3 nights

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.
Spend the 8th (Fri) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca road trip website.

Drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Uvita

— 4 nights
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.
Take a break from Uvita with a short trip to Kokopelli in Sierpe, about 52 minutes away. Spend the 13th (Wed) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. There's lots more to do: glide peacefully along the water with Pineapple Tours, explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio

— 4 nights
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: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, see Off-Road Tours, walk around Manuel Antonio National Park, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Jaco

— 4 nights
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Spend the 20th (Wed) exploring nature at Carara National Park. Next up on the itinerary: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get interesting insight from Tours, see Off-Road Tours, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Jaco vacation site.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Monteverde

— 5 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Go for a jaunt from Monteverde to Canas to see RCR Rafting Guanacaste about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, see the top attractions with Don Juan Tours, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Monteverde takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Playa Samara

— 3 nights
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playa Samara: Nosara (Kayaking & Canoeing, Playa Guiones, &more). And it doesn't end there: tour in harmony with nature at Wingnuts Canopy Tours, kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Getting from Monteverde to Playa Samara by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trip

Tamarindo

— 5 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Playa Conchal (Garra de Leon Golf Course & Playa Conchal). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, see Off-Road Tours, get the adrenaline pumping with Pinilla Canopy Tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Playas del Coco

— 5 nights

Coco Beach

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.
Go for a jaunt from Playas del Coco to Liberia to see Tio Leo Coffee Tour about 34 minutes away. Spend the 4th (Thu) among the fascinating landscape of Rincon de La Vieja National Park. Spend the 6th (Sat) exploring nature at Palo Verde National Park. And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from El Jefe Sport Fishing, play a few rounds at Four Seasons Golf Club, get a dose of the wild on Diamante Eco Adventure Park, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Playas del Coco travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.