60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica holiday builder

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San Jose
— 6 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
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Tortuguero
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 9 nights
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Monteverde
— 7 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
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Uvita
— 4 nights
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Montezuma
— 3 nights
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Playa Samara
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo
— 8 nights
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— 6 nights
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Jade Museum and Multiplaza. Popular historic sites such as Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion and Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles are in your itinerary. 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 Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center (in Alajuela). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana), and take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the San Jose tour planner.

New York City, USA to San Jose is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to San Jose. In May, San Jose is a bit warmer than New York City - with highs of 82°F and lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

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.
Visiting Punta Uva Beach and Nature Observatorio will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Nature Park Walk and Explore Limon are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Puerto Viejo de Talamanca side-trips: Puerto Limon (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Veragua Rainforest Park). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, tour the pleasant surroundings at Puerto Viejo Beach, explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park, and explore the galleries of Luluberlu Art Gallery.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Getting from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

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

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. June in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 74°F at night. On the 5th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Museums

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bogarin Trail and Butterfly Conservatory. Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll find plenty of places to visit near La Fortuna de San Carlos: Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge (in Cano Negro), Rio Celeste (in Tenorio Volcano National Park) and Catedral de Ciudad Quesada (in Quesada). The adventure continues: hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, walk around Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens, get interesting insight from Tours, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Monteverde

— 7 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Valle Escondido Preserve and Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa. Get in touch with nature at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Viento Fresco Waterfall. Change things up with a short trip to Centro de Rescate Las Pumas in Canas (about 1h 45 min away). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take a peaceful walk through Children's Eternal Rain Forest, and get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Monteverde trip builder site.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Shopping

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Explore hidden gems such as River Rafting & Tubing and Parasailing & Paragliding. Venture out of the city with trips to Rainmaker Park (in Parrita) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este). Spend the 25th (Tue) on the water with a fishing tour. There's lots more to do: get the lay of the land with Mike’s Nature Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and stop by Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Uvita

— 4 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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Ventanas and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. Escape the urban bustle at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Step out of Uvita to go to Dominical and see Horseback Riding Tours, which is approximately 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nauyaca Waterfalls Nature Park, kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, take a memorable tour with Tours, and admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Uvita driving holiday tool.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Uvita by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Montezuma.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Montezuma

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa Hermosa and Playa Carmen. Get in touch with nature at Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve and Montezuma Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Montezuma: Santa Teresa (Bri'ah Art Gallery & Playa Santa Teresa). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wild Sun Rescue Center, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and head off the coast to Isla de Cabuya.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Montezuma trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by ferry from Uvita to Montezuma takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Montezuma

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Samara

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project and Horseback Riding Tours. Get in touch with nature at International Animal Rescue Costa Rica and Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary. Venture out of the city with trips to Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure) and Nosara (Playa Guiones & MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Samara Beach, and take a tour of Kingfisher Sportfishing.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Playa Samara trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Montezuma to Playa Samara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Tamarindo

— 8 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Shop till you drop at Papaya Con Leche and La Galeria Centro de Arte. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fishing Charters & Tours and Spas. Explore Tamarindo's surroundings by going to Playa Conchal (Playa Conchal & Arenas Blancas), Playa Flamingo (Los Piratas de Flamingo & Adrenaline & Extreme Tours) and Potrero Beach (in Playa Potrero). Saddle up on the 12th (Fri) and explore with a tour on horseback. There's lots more to do: stroll through Playa Avellana, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, and kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo travel planner.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Playas del Coco

— 6 nights

Coco Beach

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Alessandra Cola Art and Hidden Garden Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Sensoria Land of Senses and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playas del Coco: Liberia (Ponderosa Adventure Park, Costa Rica'n Art Craft, &more) and Rio Negro Hot Springs (in Rincon de La Vieja). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the striking landscape of Rincon de La Vieja National Park, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco online route builder.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Theme Parks

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.