60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica journey planner

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Tamarindo
— 6 nights
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Playa Samara
— 6 nights
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Monteverde
— 6 nights
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Jaco
— 6 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
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Drake Bay
— 5 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
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Tortuguero
— 2 nights
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San Jose
— 6 nights
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Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts (in Playas del Coco), Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa) and Tio Leo Coffee Tour (in Liberia). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, play a few rounds at Hacienda Pinilla Golf Club, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Nacascolo.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo route builder site.

Calgary, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Calgary to Tamarindo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Golf

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Barra Honda National Park (in Nicoya), Playa Islita (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, step aboard Kingfisher Sportfishing, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara online day trip planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monteverde: Superman De Osa (in Puntarenas), Finca El Paraiso (in Los Tornos) and Sustainability Demonstration Center (in Guacimal). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip maker.

Drive from Playa Samara to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Jaco

— 6 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.
Step out of Jaco to go to Bajamar and see Penon de Guacalillo, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Spend the 22nd (Mon) exploring nature at Carara National Park. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and see Off-Road Tours.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Jaco tour itinerary builder app.

Getting from Monteverde to Jaco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Dominical (Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary & Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store), Kokopelli (in Sierpe) and Uvita (Parque Nacional Marino Ballena & Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge). Spend the 28th (Sun) on the water with a fishing tour. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, take a memorable tour with Tours, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Drake Bay

— 5 nights
Venture out of the city with trips to Piedras Blancas National Park (in Golfito) and Corcovado National Park (in Carate). Spend a day of island exploring on the 5th (Fri) at Cano Island.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Drake Bay trip itinerary maker app.

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 by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Spend the 9th (Tue) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. Spend the 12th (Fri) exploring nature at La Amistad International Park. There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, stroll through Nature Observatorio, take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, and kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · 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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on Jungle Tom Safaris Day Tours and then get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero road trip planner.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

San Jose

— 6 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 find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center (in Alajuela), Cartago (Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles & Jardin Botanico Lankester) and Else Kientzler Botanical Garden (in Sarchi). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Irazu Volcano National Park, take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and look for gifts at Biesanz Woodworks.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Jose driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Tortuguero in March since evenings lows in San Jose dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

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.
On the 22nd (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tirimbina Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano and then take in the dramatic scenery at Los Chorros Waterfalls.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca trip planning website.

You can drive from San Jose to Vara Blanca in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 9 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: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, snap pictures at Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Getting from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.4
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.