55 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

55 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip maker

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Playas del Coco
— 6 nights
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Tamarindo
— 7 nights
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Playa Samara
— 6 nights
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Monteverde
— 6 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
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Uvita
— 6 nights
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San Jose
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
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Tortuguero
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 8 nights
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Playas del Coco

— 6 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.
Explore Playas del Coco's surroundings by going to Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Liberia (Souvenir Ocarina & Costa Rica'n Art Craft). Spend the 4th (Wed) exploring nature at Palo Verde National Park. Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Rincon de La Vieja National Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Playas del Coco day trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Playas del Coco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Playas del Coco is minus 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Tamarindo

— 7 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore Tamarindo's surroundings by going to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo) and Playa Conchal (Garra de Leon Golf Course & Playa Conchal). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

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Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Playa Samara

— 6 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.
Explore Playa Samara's surroundings by going to Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure), Nosara (MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, Playa Guiones, &more) and Barra Honda National Park (in Nicoya). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Samara Beach, see Off-Road Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach, and take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car 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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), admire all the interesting features of Ecological Sanctuary, and explore the world behind art at Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

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Drive from Playa Samara to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers, Zipline, &more) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

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You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trips

Uvita

— 6 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.
Explore Uvita's surroundings by going to Horseback Riding Tours (in Dominical), Kokopelli (in Sierpe) and San Buenas Golf Resort and Spa (in Ciudad Cortes). There's lots more to do: explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, get interesting insight from Tours, and take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Uvita trip builder tool.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

San Jose

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): stop by Tienda eNe, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and finally see a show at Teatro Nacional Costa Rica.

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Traveling by car from Uvita to San Jose takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Nightlife · Historic Sites · Shopping

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 5 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.
Go for a jaunt from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Puerto Limon to see Veragua Rainforest Park about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, stroll through Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online tour planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tortuguero

— 2 nights

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 15th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. April in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Museums

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 8 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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.