58 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

58 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica tour planner

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San Jose
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Tortuguero
— 3 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
Drive
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Drake Bay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
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Poas Volcano National Park
— 3 nights
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Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
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Montezuma
— 5 nights
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Monteverde
— 6 nights
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Nosara
— 8 nights
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
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San Jose
— 1 night
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): find something for the whole family at Pueblo Antiguo.

To plan San Jose vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Copenhagen, Denmark to San Jose is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. In December, San Jose is warmer than Copenhagen - with highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to take a shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Theme Parks

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Butterfly Conservatory and Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. Kids will appreciate attractions like Safaris and Arenal 1968 Volcano View & Trails. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs and get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano).

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation app.

Traveling by shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Tortuguero

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sea Turtle Conservancy and Jungle Tom Safaris Day Tours. When in Tortuguero, make a side trip to see Zipline in Puerto Limon, approximately Puerto Limon away. Spend the 4th (Tue) exploring nature at Tortuguero National Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip planner.

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 January in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tarantulas Way and Playa Cocles. Explore hidden gems such as Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and Nature Observatorio. Change things up with a short trip to Veragua Rainforest Park in Puerto Limon (about 1h 30 min away). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Punta Uva, stop by Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate, take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla, and stroll through Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

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 your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Drake Bay

— 3 nights
On the 11th (Tue), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then kick back and relax at Playa San Josecito. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Quebrada Cuervo and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Naturaseekers.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Drake Bay day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Drake Bay takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Uvita

— 3 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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Oro Verde Biological Reserve. Attractions like Danyasa Eco-Retreat - Bamboo Yoga Play Studio and Ballena Aventura make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: trek along Locos por el Bosque, get outside with Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica, and admire the sheer force of Santa Lucia Falls.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Uvita planner.

You can drive from Drake Bay to Uvita in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

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.
Family-friendly places like Playa Espadilla Norte and Spas will thrill your kids. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Marina Pez Vela and Snorkel Adventure CR. Take a break from Manuel Antonio with a short trip to Playa Linda in Playa Matapalo, about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playas Gemelas, stroll around La Selvita, stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Playita.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Poas Volcano National Park

— 3 nights
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ) and Parque Recreativo Los Manantiales. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Poas Volcano National Park: El Silencio de Los Angeles Cloud Forest Reserve (in San Ramon) and Los Chorros Waterfalls (in Grecia). There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens.

Discover how to plan a Poas Volcano National Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Manuel Antonio to Poas Volcano National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Teresa

— 3 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Spas and Taboo Beach Club. Family-friendly places like Tica Surf Bikinis and Bri'ah Art Gallery will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Santa Teresa trip planner.

Getting from Poas Volcano National Park to Santa Teresa by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Montezuma.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

Montezuma

— 5 nights
With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
Family-friendly places like SunTrails Montezuma Waterfall Canopy Tour and Costa Rica Color will thrill your kids. Step off the beaten path and head to Isla de Cabuya and Wild By Nature Adventures. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Mariposario Butterfly Garden, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, wander the wide-open spaces of Sunrise Ranch, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Montezuma.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Montezuma fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Montezuma in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Montezuma

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · 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.
Bring the kids along to Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa and Superman De Osa. Explore hidden gems such as San Luis Waterfall and Middle Earth Thermal Springs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Monteverde: Life Monteverde (in Los Tornos) and Sustainability Demonstration Center (in Guacimal). The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Ecological Sanctuary, get a dose of the wild on Monteverde Nature Guided Tours, relax and rejuvenate at Monteverde Massage Center, and browse the exhibits of Sarah's Gallery.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde driving holiday planning site.

You can drive from Montezuma to Monteverde in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nosara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Nosara

— 8 nights
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary and La Selva Wildlife Refuge & Zoo. Family-friendly places like Playa Carrillo and Coconut Adventures will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure), Playa Samara (Belen Waterfall, Kingfisher Sportfishing, &more) and Chillasana Yoga & Surf School (in Playa Carrillo). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa Garza, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Nosara Riversafari - Tours, head outdoors with Equisol Retreats CR, SRL, and stop by Nativa Gallery.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nosara trip website.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Nosara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Nosara

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Tamarindo

— 4 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore hidden gems such as Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Kids will appreciate attractions like Tio Leo Coffee Tour,a real cultural experience and Potrero Beach. There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo day trip website.

Traveling by car from Nosara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to fly to San Jose.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Theme Parks

Side Trips

San Jose

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): don't miss a visit to monument of Tomas Guardia, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral, and then find something for the whole family at Parque Diversiones. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soothe aching muscles at Yoga Massage Therapy and then take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Jose road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Tamarindo to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Wildlife

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.

Osa Peninsula travel guide

4.2
National Parks · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Islands
A remote area, home to half of all the country's species, Osa Peninsula attracts visitors looking for adventure in the great outdoors. Explorations of the marine environment surrounding the peninsular are among the most popular things to do on Osa Peninsula, with a wealth of dive and snorkeling sites to visit. The main town provides a jump-off point for explorations of the sandy beaches and virgin tropical rainforest of the national park, home to wild cats, scarlet macaws, frogs, snakes, monkeys, deer, sloths, tapirs, raccoons, manatees...