60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 5 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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Drake Bay
— 3 nights
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Turrialba
— 5 nights
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Tortuguero
— 4 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Monteverde
— 5 nights
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Montezuma
— 4 nights
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Playa Samara
— 4 nights
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Tamarindo
— 5 nights
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Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 2 nights
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Liberia
— 4 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 6 nights
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Jaco
— 5 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Galeria Namu and Museo Nacional De Costa Rica. Step out of the city life by going to Toucan Rescue Ranch and River Rafting & Tubing. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana), and hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central).

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read San Jose online road trip planner.

London, UK to San Jose is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to San Jose. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from London in January: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 30°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Adventure · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Manuel Antonio and River Rafting & Tubing. There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours and take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio holiday maker website.

You can drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

3
nights
Drake Bay

Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Nature & Wildlife Tours. When in Drake Bay, make a side trip to see Jagua Arts and Crafts in Puerto Jimenez, approximately Puerto Jimenez away.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Drake Bay trip planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Turrialba.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

5
nights
Turrialba

Get outdoors at Irazu Volcano National Park and Guayabo National Monument. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turrialba: El Copal Reserve (in Pejibaye), Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion (in Ujarras) and Savegre Reserve (in Cartago).

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Turrialba tour planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Drake Bay to Turrialba. January in Turrialba sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Turrialba

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Tortuguero to Guacimo to see Caribbean Botanical Garden about 1h 30 min away. Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring nature at Tortuguero National Park. The adventure continues: learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

Planning Tortuguero trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Turrialba to Tortuguero takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

3
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.
Visiting La Fortuna Waterfall and Arenal Volcano will get you outdoors. Onirica Art Gallery and Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Adventure

Side Trip

5
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Santa Elena Skywalk and Chorotega Arts & Crafts. For shopping fun, head to Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery or Alas y Raices. There's still lots to do: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and explore and take pictures at Ecological Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde vacation planning site.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 31st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Montezuma.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Adventure

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Montezuma

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Santa Teresa and Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia. Head to Bri'ah Art Gallery and Tica Surf Bikinisfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Montezuma side-trips: Playa Hermosa (in Santa Teresa) and Tortuga Island (in Puntarenas). It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve and admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls.

Start your trip to Montezuma by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Drive from Monteverde to Montezuma in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and ferry; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Montezuma

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

4
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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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Samara Beach and Barrigona Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Playa Guiones and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playa Samara: Nosara (Nosara Refuge for Wildlife & Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary). There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Koss Art Gallery, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Playa Samara road trip tool.

You can drive from Montezuma to Playa Samara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

5
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Avellana. Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo). Saddle up on the 13th (Thu) and explore with a tour on horseback. There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tamarindo day trip website.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

2
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Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

On the 14th (Fri), stroll through Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge and then tee off at Four Seasons Golf Club.

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Getting from Tamarindo to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Liberia.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks · Wildlife · Golf · Outdoors

Side Trip

4
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Costa Rica'n Art Craft and Hidden Garden Art Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at Rincon de La Vieja National Park and River Rafting & Tubing. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Nahua, take in the spiritual surroundings of Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria, explore the galleries of Church of La Ermita La Agonia, and sample the tasty concoctions at Maderos Brewery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Liberia online attractions planner.

Drive from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Liberia in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Liberia

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
You'll get in some beach time at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita and Playa Cocles. For shopping fun, head to Choco or Luluberlu Art Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, take in the dramatic scenery at Cataratas Bribri Talamanca, and take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Liberia to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Jaco.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

5
nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Costa Rica Waterfall Tours as well as Jaco Canyoning. Visit Jaco Beach and Palo Seco Beach for some beach relaxation. Spend the 29th (Sat) exploring nature at Carara National Park. The adventure continues: get great views at Mirador de Jaco and snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Jaco trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Jaco in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Tours

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.