48 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

48 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Tamarindo
— 7 nights
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Playa Samara
— 4 nights
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Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
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Uvita
— 4 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
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Monteverde
— 6 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
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Liberia
— 5 nights

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7
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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 the city and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Horseback Riding Tours. Lydia Beech Art Boutique and La Galeria Centro de Arte are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: San Juanillo Beach (in San Juanillo), Potrero Beach (in Playa Potrero) and Brasilito Beach (in Brasilito). Next up on the itinerary: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo travel planner.

Sydney, Australia to Tamarindo is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 16 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

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Potrero Beach
4.2

4
nights
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
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.
Get outdoors at Horseback Riding Tours and Barrigona Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project and Spas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa Samara: Church of San Blas (in Nicoya) and Nosara (Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary, MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, &more). The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Playa Samara trip builder.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Santa Teresa.

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3
nights
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Hermosa and Playa Carmen. Visiting Horseback Riding Tours and Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve will get you outdoors. Take a break from Santa Teresa with a short trip to Wild Sun Rescue Center in Cabuya, about 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the exciting artwork at Bri'ah Art Gallery, and wander the wide-open spaces of Sunrise Ranch.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Uvita.

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Playa Hermosa
4.3
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Playa Carmen
4.4

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Uvita Waterfall. Relax by the water at Uvita Beach and Playa Ventanas. Go for a jaunt from Uvita to Ballena to see Nature & Wildlife Tours about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Uvita trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Santa Teresa to Uvita by ferry takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

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Uvita Beach
4.4

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Rainmaker Park and Parasailing & Paragliding. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Espadilla Norte and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls & Tico Pod Art House & Gifts), Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding (in Herradura) and Palo Seco Beach (in Parrita). Next up on the itinerary: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, trot along with a tour on horseback, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip planning tool.

Getting from Uvita to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Monteverde.

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Rainmaker Park
4.5
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Palo Seco Beach
4.3

6
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Spas. Escape the urban bustle at Viento Fresco Waterfall and Ecological Sanctuary. Step out of Monteverde to go to Puntarenas and see Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: delve into the lush surroundings at Children's Eternal Rain Forest, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), trot along with a tour on horseback, and stroll through Valle Escondido Preserve.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde trip planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

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5
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Punta Uva Beach and Playa Cocles. Step out of the city life by going to Veragua Rainforest Park and Tarantulas Way. Step out of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to go to Puerto Limon and see Nature & Wildlife Tours, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Ceiba, browse the fresh offerings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca driving holiday planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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Playa Cocles
4.5
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Punta Uva Beach
4.7

6
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Coco Loco Art Studio & Gallery and Wood & Art Gallery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bogarin Trail and Butterfly Conservatory. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around La Fortuna de San Carlos: La Virgen (Tirimbina Biological Reserve & Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park). There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and stroll through Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planning app.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Liberia.

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5
nights
Liberia

Liberia ©

White City

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.
Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria and ArtWood Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Rincon de La Vieja National Park and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore Liberia's surroundings by going to Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa), Rio Negro Hot Springs (in Rincon de La Vieja) and Spas (in Playas del Coco). Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and explore the striking landscape of Palo Verde National Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Liberia visit planning app.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Liberia in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 15th (Sat).

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