60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 6 nights
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Tortuguero
— 2 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 6 nights
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Drake Bay
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
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Monteverde
— 7 nights
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Playa Samara
— 6 nights
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Tamarindo
— 7 nights
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Liberia
— 6 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 8 nights
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San Jose

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park), Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Cartago (Jardin Botanico Lankester & Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles). There's lots more to do: cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Irazu Volcano National Park, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and get interesting insight from Tours.

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Zurich, Switzerland to San Jose is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Zurich to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in November: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

2
nights
Tortuguero

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 9th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tortuguero online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Tortuguero takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Jose in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Tortuguero: highs are around 34°C and lows about 26°C. You will leave for Puerto Viejo de Talamanca on the 10th (Sun).

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Museums

6
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is known for wildlife, beaches, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park, stroll through Puerto Viejo Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach, and have some family-friendly fun at Yesland Mini Golf.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

3
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Drake Bay

Step out of Drake Bay to go to Carate and see Corcovado National Park, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 19th (Tue) at Cano Island.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Drake Bay trip planner.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Drake Bay by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

6
nights
Manuel Antonio

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Get out of town with these interesting Manuel Antonio side-trips: Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers, Zipline, &more) and Dominical (Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary & Parasailing & Paragliding). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, get interesting insight from Tours, walk around Parque Nahomi, and look for gifts at Jungle Avenue.

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You can drive from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

7
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Monteverde

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Venture out of the city with trips to Finca El Paraiso (in Los Tornos) and Piedra de Fuego (in Esparza). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk, and explore and take pictures at Ecological Sanctuary.

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You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

6
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Playa Samara

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa Samara: Nosara (Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, Playa Guiones, &more), Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure) and Playa Islita (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Samara Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Blas, get interesting insight from Tours, and explore the striking landscape of Barra Honda National Park.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Playa Samara road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Monteverde to Playa Samara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Playa Samara, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo) and Playa Conchal (Playa Conchal & Garra de Leon Golf Course). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana, play a few rounds at TurfSafari, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Liberia.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Golf

Side Trips

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Liberia

White City

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Change things up with these side-trips from Liberia: Playa Nacascolo (in Gulf of Papagayo), Shark Diving (in Playas del Coco) and Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands & Miravalles Volcano). Spend the 17th (Tue) among the fascinating landscape of Rincon de La Vieja National Park. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Palo Verde National Park, look for gifts at Nahua, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of La Ermita La Agonia, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

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You can drive from Tamarindo to Liberia in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Liberia are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Liberia

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

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 a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, and take in the views from Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Liberia to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) 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

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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.