47 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

47 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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47 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  8 h 15 min
1
San Jose
— 6 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
2
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Turrialba
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 8 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Monteverde
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Quebrada Grande
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Tamarindo
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
10
Nosara
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
11
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  13 h
End: Toronto

6
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.
Get in touch with nature at La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Poas Volcano. Galeria Namu and Museo de Arte Costarricense will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro (in Sarchi), Zoo Ave (in Alajuela) and San Isidro (Toucan Rescue Ranch & Chocolatería Sibú). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), ponder the world of politics at Correos de Costa Rica, step off the mainland to explore Cocos Island, and don't miss a visit to Mercado Nacional de Artesanias.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose tour planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Tobias Bolanos International Airport and Juan Santamaria International Airport. In December in San Jose, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can fly to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

San Isidro, Alajuela, Poas Volcano, Cocos Island National Park, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
Highlights from your plan
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then examine the collection at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tortuguero tour planner.

Traveling by flight from San Jose to Tortuguero takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

4
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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.
Get in touch with nature at Puerto Viejo Beach and Cahuita National Park. Visit Playa Chiquita and Playa Cocles for some beach relaxation. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge and look for gifts at Talamanca Family Art.

For other places to visit and tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Tortuguero in January, plan for colder days in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, with highs around 10°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Turrialba.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nature Observatorio, Talamanca Family Art, Cahuita National Park, Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

1
night
Turrialba

Turrialba ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then delve into the distant past at Guayabo National Park and Monument.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Turrialba holiday planner.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Turrialba by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Turrialba due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Turrialba, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio National Park.

Things to do in Turrialba

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Guayabo National Monument ©
Guayabo National Monument
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio and Uvita Beach. Step out of Manuel Antonio National Park with an excursion to Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge in Uvita--about 1 hour away.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio National Park tour planner.

You can drive from Turrialba to Manuel Antonio National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio National Park can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Uvita, iFish Quepos
Highlights from your plan
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

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.
Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall. Take a break from La Fortuna de San Carlos with a short trip to Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge in Cano Negro, about 2:10 hours away. Spend the 16th (Mon) among the fascinating landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

5
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.
Get outdoors at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and La Amistad International Park. When in Monteverde, make a side trip to see Viento Fresco Waterfall in Tilaran, approximately 56 minutes away.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Monteverde travel planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Quebrada Grande.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

La Amistad International Park, Viento Fresco Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
La Amistad International Park ©
La Amistad International Park

5
nights
Quebrada Grande

Quebrada Grande ©
Take a break from the city and head to Llanos de Cortez Waterfall and El Viejo Wetlands. Get a sense of the local culture at Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja and Sea Star I Pacific Sea Adventure. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Quebrada Grande: Liberia (Africa Safari, Hidden Garden Art Gallery, & more) and Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Miravalles Volcano & River Rafting & Tubing).

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Quebrada Grande travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Monteverde to Quebrada Grande. In January, daytime highs in Quebrada Grande are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Quebrada Grande

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Liberia
Highlights from your plan
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Miravalles Volcano ©
Miravalles Volcano

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Conchal and Playa Ocotal. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Avellana. Take a break from Tamarindo with a short trip to Garra de Leon Golf Course in Playa Conchal, about 32 minutes away.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo tour planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Quebrada Grande to Tamarindo. January in Tamarindo sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Nosara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Playa Ocotal, Scuba & Snorkeling, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Highlights from your plan
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

3
nights
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Relax by the water at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) and Samara Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Barrigona Beach and Nosara Refuge for Wildlife. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Nosara Wildlife Sanctuary at Sibu, shop like a local with MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nosara vacation builder.

You can take a bus from Tamarindo to Nosara in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, daily temperatures in Nosara can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Nosara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Samara
Highlights from your plan
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

2
nights
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
On the 8th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Carmen, take in the dramatic scenery at Montezuma Falls, and then look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Playa Santa Teresa and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Santa Teresa trip generator.

Drive from Nosara to Santa Teresa in 2.5 hours.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Montezuma Falls
Highlights from your plan
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

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