60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 7 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 8 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 6 nights
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San Jose
— 5 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
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Jaco
— 6 nights
Ferry to Malpais, Bus to Santa Teresa
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Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
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Playa Samara
— 6 nights
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Tamarindo
— 7 nights
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Quebrada Grande
— 4 nights
Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Copenhagen Kastrup Airport

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Zipline. Get some cultural insight at Sarah's Gallery and Arte Jaguar Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Monteverde: Puntarenas (Catedral de Puntarenas & Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa) and Viento Fresco Waterfall (in Tilaran). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Monteverde trip planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Monteverde is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and taxi. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Copenhagen to Monteverde due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

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nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) and Butterfly Conservatory. Step out of the city life by going to La Fortuna Waterfall and Arenal Volcano. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Rio Celeste in Tenorio Volcano National Park, approximately Tenorio Volcano National Park away. Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. You'll set off for Puerto Viejo de Talamanca on the 22nd (Mon).

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Veragua Rainforest Park and Playa Cocles. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nature Park Walk and Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus. Next up on the itinerary: browse the fresh offerings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, stroll through Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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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.
Get outdoors at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and Poas Volcano. Your inner history buff will appreciate Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles and Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana). Change things up with a short trip to Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion in Ujarras (about 1h 10 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and have fun and explore at Museo de los Ninos.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose driving holiday planner.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and Super Joseth. Relax by the water at Uvita Beach and Playa Biesanz. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Farmers Fair (Ferias del Agricultor) (in Quepos) and Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store (in Dominical). Spend the 8th (Thu) on the water with a fishing tour. There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by Jaime Peligro Book & CD Shop, get interesting insight from Tours, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Manuel Antonio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Shopping

Side Trips

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Jaco

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Carara National Park and Tico Pod Art House & Gifts. Do your shopping at Dantica Gallery and Fruity Monkey Poop. There's much more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge, admire the sheer force of Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Jaco trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Santa Teresa

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa Hermosa and Tica Surf Bikinis. Escape the urban bustle at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Playa Carmen. Step out of Santa Teresa to go to Montezuma and see Montezuma Falls, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, get a taste of life in the country at Sunrise Ranch, and stroll through Playa Santa Teresa.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Santa Teresa trip builder tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Jaco to Santa Teresa in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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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.
Let the collections at Koss Art Gallery and MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY capture your imagination. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Barrigona Beach and Playa Guiones. Get out of town with these interesting Playa Samara side-trips: Nosara (Spas & Wellness, Nativa Gallery, &more). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Samara Beach, stroll through dondeJavitours, admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, and take a tour of Kingfisher Sportfishing.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara trip site.

Getting from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Avellana. Take a break from the city and head to Playa Hermosa and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Playas del Coco (Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, &more), Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Hidden Garden Art Gallery (in Liberia). Spend the 2nd (Fri) exploring nature at Las Baulas National Marine Park. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Lydia Beech Art Boutique, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Playa Samara to Tamarindo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Quebrada Grande.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Quebrada Grande

Get outdoors at Rincon de La Vieja National Park and Playa Rajada. Step off the beaten path and head to Four Seasons Golf Club and Sea Star CR Sport Fishing and Adventure Tours.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Quebrada Grande online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Quebrada Grande in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Quebrada Grande

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Golf

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

4.3
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.