54 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

54 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

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Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 5 nights
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Playa Samara
— 5 nights
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Tamarindo
— 6 nights
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Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 3 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
— 4 nights
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Drake Bay
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
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Jaco
— 5 nights
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San Jose
— 5 nights
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Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to Henri Coandă International Airport

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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.
Kids will enjoy Zipline and Curi Cancha Reserve. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, meet the residents at Butterfly Garden at Selvatura Park, and admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planner.

Bucharest, Romania to Monteverde is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 8 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Family-friendly places like Samara Beach and Barrigona Beach will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa Samara: Barra Honda National Park (in Nicoya), Nosara (Playa Guiones & Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary) and Playa Garza (in Garza). There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Buena Vista, tour the pleasant surroundings at dondeJavitours, and admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara road trip app.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Playa Samara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · 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.
Kids will enjoy Tamarindo Beach and Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates. Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Tio Leo Coffee Tour (in Liberia), Playa Conchal (Garra de Leon Golf Course & Playa Conchal) and Playa Nacascolo (in Gulf of Papagayo). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

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Drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

— 3 nights
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Parque Nacional Santa Rosa and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands. Take a break from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste with a short trip to Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge in Cuajiniquil, about 42 minutes away.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Area de Conservacion Guanacaste online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Attractions like Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna Waterfall make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to El Castillo (Arenal Eco Zoo & Butterfly Conservatory). Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

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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 February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 4 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Nature Observatorio. Spend the 7th (Sun) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca travel route website.

You can 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 (Tue) so you can go by car to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Drake Bay

— 3 nights
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Corcovado National Park and Playa San Josecito. Spend a day of island exploring on the 11th (Thu) at Cano Island.

Plan trip to Drake Bay with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Drake Bay in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Attractions like Playa Manuel Antonio and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Parque Nacional Marino Ballena (in Uvita), Dominical (Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary & Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store) and Playa Ventanas (in Ballena). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, get interesting insight from Tours, walk around Manuel Antonio National Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kokopelli.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio travel route planner.

Drive from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Jaco

— 5 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Zipline. Spend the 22nd (Mon) exploring nature at Carara National Park. And it doesn't end there: push the limits with an extreme tour, get great views at Mirador de Jaco, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Fruity Monkey Poop.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaco trip app.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

San Jose

— 5 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Museo Nacional De Costa Rica and Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center. Get out of town with these interesting San Jose side-trips: Cartago (Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles & Jardin Botanico Lankester) and Else Kientzler Botanical Garden (in Sarchi). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica.

Before you visit San Jose, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Jaco to San Jose in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in San Jose sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Museums · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Vara Blanca

— 2 nights
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano and then stroll through Tirimbina Biological Reserve.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca trip planner.

You can drive from San Jose to Vara Blanca in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.