52 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

52 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 8 nights
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Liberia
— 6 nights
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Tamarindo
— 6 nights
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Nosara
— 6 nights
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Monteverde
— 6 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
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Drake Bay
— 4 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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San Jose
— 7 nights

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8
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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal. Get out of town with these interesting La Fortuna de San Carlos side-trips: El Castillo (Arenal Eco Zoo & Butterfly Conservatory). There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos visit website.

Montreal, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. Traveling from Montreal to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Liberia.

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Butterfly Conservatory
4.7

6
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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Palo Verde National Park and Playa Hermosa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Liberia: Playas del coco (in Playa Matapalo), Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands & Miravalles Volcano) and Shark Diving (in Playas del Coco). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa Nacascolo, get impressive views of Rincon de La Vieja National Park, take in the exciting artwork at Hidden Garden Art Gallery, and sample the tasty concoctions at Maderos Brewery.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Liberia planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Liberia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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6
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.
Bring the kids along to Tamarindo Beach and Garra de Leon Golf Course. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (Playa Conchal & Playa Mina), Penca Beach (in Playa Potrero) and Barra Honda National Park (in Nicoya). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip planner.

You can drive from Liberia to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nosara.

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6
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Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Kids will enjoy Samara Beach and Nosara Refuge for Wildlife. Change things up with these side-trips from Nosara: Playa Samara (Barrigona Beach, Playa Buena Vista, &more), Playa Islita (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Puerto Carrillo (in Nicoya). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Guiones, take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, and kick back and relax at San Juanillo Beach.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nosara day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Nosara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

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Samara Beach
4.4

6
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Zipline and Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas). When in Monteverde, make a side trip to see Playa Dona Ana in Barranca, approximately Barranca away. There's much more to do: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, and take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve.

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

Traveling by car from Nosara to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

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Zipline
4.2

6
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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.
Kids will enjoy Playa Manuel Antonio and Zipline. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Mirador de Jaco & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, cast your line with a fishing tour, stroll around Parque Nahomi, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio online road trip planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Drake Bay.

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4
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Drake Bay

Drake Bay ©
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Corcovado National Park and Cano Island.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Drake Bay trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

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Cano Island
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National Park
Corcovado National Park
4.4

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Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tortuguero trip planner.

Drive from Drake Bay to Tortuguero in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. April in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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National Park
Tortuguero National Park
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Natural History Museum
Sea Turtle Conservancy
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Kayaking & Canoeing
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7
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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.
Attractions like Museo Nacional De Costa Rica and Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Bosque de la Hoja (in Heredia), Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Sarchi (Else Kientzler Botanical Garden & Mariposas Sarchi). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Irazu Volcano National Park, cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

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

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Tortuguero in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 22°C in San Jose. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

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Children’s Museum
Museo de los Ninos
4.4

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