52 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

52 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica visit planner

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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 7 nights
Drive
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Playas del Coco
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 6 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 5 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 6 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 5 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 8 nights
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bogarin Trail and Paradise Hot Springs. Get outdoors at La Fortuna Waterfall and River Rafting & Tubing. Take a break from La Fortuna de San Carlos with a short trip to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo, about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos route maker website.

Berlin, Germany to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Berlin to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Rincon de La Vieja National Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Palo Verde National Park and Rio Negro Hot Springs. The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Playas del Coco trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playas del Coco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Tamarindo

— 6 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll get in some beach time at San Juanillo Beach and Tamarindo Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates. When in Tamarindo, make a side trip to see Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal, approximately Playa Conchal away. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the exciting artwork at Con Mucho Gusto, and wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. December in Tamarindo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Playa Samara

— 5 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.
Get outdoors at Horseback Riding Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project and International Animal Rescue Costa Rica. Get out of town with these interesting Playa Samara side-trips: Playa Islita (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Nosara (Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary & Playa Guiones). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stroll through dondeJavitours, enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach, and admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Playa Samara trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Monteverde

— 6 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Viento Fresco Waterfall. Visiting Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond will get you outdoors. Step out of Monteverde to go to Canas and see Centro de Rescate Las Pumas, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at Children's Eternal Rain Forest, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas).

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Monteverde online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Monteverde in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio

— 6 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Parasailing & Paragliding. Visiting Playa Manuel Antonio and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Manuel Antonio side-trips: Isla Damas (in Puntarenas), Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este) and Rainmaker Park (in Parrita). And it doesn't end there: get the lay of the land with Mike’s Nature Tours, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and take a leisurely stroll along Marina Pez Vela.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio road trip app.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Uvita

— 5 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Uvita Beach and Playa Ventanas. Explore hidden gems such as Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Uvita Waterfall. When in Uvita, make a side trip to see Horseback Riding Tours in Dominical, approximately Dominical away. Spend the 25th (Sat) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. There's still lots to do: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, stroll through Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Uvita trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 8 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Punta Uva Beach and La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita. Get in touch with nature at Veragua Rainforest Park and Tarantulas Way. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Puerto Viejo de Talamanca: Puerto Limon (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Tortuguero Canal). And it doesn't end there: stroll through La Ceiba, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles, and have some family-friendly fun at Yesland Mini Golf.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. On the 3rd (Mon), you're off to home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

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.