60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica holiday planner

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Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Playas del Coco
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Playas del Coco
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 8 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 5 nights
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Santa Teresa
— 5 nights
Bus to Malpais, Ferry to Jaco
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Jaco
— 6 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
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Uvita
— 7 nights
Drive
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Drake Bay
— 4 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
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Rincon de La Vieja
— 4 nights
Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport

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Playas del Coco

— 5 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.
Get outdoors at Playa Hermosa and Cataratas Llanos de Cortes. Discover out-of-the-way places like Palo Verde National Park and Costa Rica Private Tours. Explore Playas del Coco's surroundings by going to Liberia (Tio Leo Coffee Tour & Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria), Playa Rajada (in La Cruz) and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get outside with Crazy Alex CR, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stop by Lis Umana Beachwear.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco online sightseeing planner.

Saskatoon, Canada to Playas del Coco is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

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 Lydia Beech Art Boutique and Tamarindo Farmers Market. Step out of the city life by going to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Potrero Beach (in Playa Potrero), Brasilito Beach (in Brasilito) and Prieta Beach (in Playa Prieta). There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see Off-Road Tours, explore the striking landscape of Diria National Park, and kick back and relax at San Juanillo Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo tour itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Playa Samara

— 5 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.
Visiting Horseback Riding Tours and Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Barrigona Beach and Playa Carrillo. Get out of town with these interesting Playa Samara side-trips: Nicoya (Barra Honda National Park & Church of San Blas), Nosara (Coconut Adventures, MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, &more) and Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project (in Punta Islita). There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Buena Vista, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and see the top attractions with Wingnuts Canopy Tours.

To find out how to plan a trip to Playa Samara, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Tamarindo to Playa Samara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Santa Teresa

— 5 nights
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 Playa Carmen. Escape the urban bustle at Isla de Cabuya and Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Teresa: Tortuga Island (in Puntarenas), Curu National Wildlife Refuge (in Nicoya) and Paquera (Playa Quesera & Playa Organos). There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with Zuma Tours, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the exciting artwork at Bri'ah Art Gallery, and whizz through the canopy at Canopy del Pacifico Mal Pais.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Santa Teresa trip itinerary website.

Drive from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Jaco.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

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.
Get outdoors at Carara National Park and Costa Rica Dreams Sportfishing. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Off-Road Tours and Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jaco: Catedral de Puntarenas (in Puntarenas), Playa Bejuco (in Esterillos Este) and Palo Seco Beach (in Parrita). Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, trot along with a tour on horseback, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Herradura Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Jaco online journey planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Santa Teresa to Jaco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio

— 4 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Step out of the city life by going to Safari Adventures and Skydive Costa Rica. Do your shopping at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and El O'scars Galleria. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Isla Damas (in Puntarenas), Rainmaker Park (in Parrita) and Los Campesinos Reserve (in Quepos). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, walk around Manuel Antonio National Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Espadilla Norte.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip tool.

You can drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Uvita

— 7 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.
Do your shopping at Magic Ananda and Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store. Get in touch with nature at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Uvita: Parque National Los Quetzales (in San Gerardo de Dota), Kokopelli (in Sierpe) and Butterfly Paradise of Osa (in Ciudad Cortes). Spend the 20th (Sat) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. The adventure continues: stroll through Parque Reptilandia, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ventanas, see Jungle ATV Quad Tours, and relax and rejuvenate at Danyasa Eco-Retreat - Bamboo Yoga Play Studio.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Uvita online journey maker.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Drake Bay

— 4 nights
Relax by the water at Reserva Biologica Isla del Cano and Playa San Josecito. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Quebrada Cuervo. Explore Drake Bay's surroundings by going to Puerto Jimenez (Osa Wild & Osa Wildlife Sanctuary).

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Drake Bay trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Drake Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Punta Uva Beach and La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita. Step out of the city life by going to Veragua Rainforest Park and Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. Step out of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to go to Puerto Limon and see Playa Bonita, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Ceiba, take a pleasant ride with Caribe Horse Riding Club, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Getting from Drake Bay to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 6 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.
ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Onirica Art Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Bogarin Trail and Butterfly Conservatory. Venture out of the city with trips to Arenal Eco Zoo (in El Castillo), La Virgen (Kayaking & Canoeing, Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park, &more) and Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge (in Cano Negro). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), Head underground at Venado Caves, trek along Arenal 1968 Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens.

Take the guesswork out of planning a La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rincon de La Vieja.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Rincon de La Vieja

— 4 nights
Explore hidden gems such as Rincon de La Vieja National Park and Buena Vista Del Rincon Eco Adventure Park, Hotel & Spa. Escape the urban bustle at Sensoria Land of Senses and Rio Perdido.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rincon de La Vieja trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Rincon de La Vieja takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

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.