45 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

45 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica vacation planner

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Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 4 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 4 nights
Ferry to Malpais, Bus to Santa Teresa
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 6 nights
Drive
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Playas del Coco
— 3 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 7 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
Shuttle to San Jose, Fly to Jerusalem

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Monteverde

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas) and Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. There's lots more to do: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde day trip planner.

Jerusalem, Israel to Monteverde is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Jerusalem to Monteverde is minus 8 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Spas and Safari Adventures. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Linda. Get out of town with these interesting Manuel Antonio side-trips: Rainmaker Park (in Parrita) and Isla Damas (in Puntarenas). There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and take in the waterfront at Marina Pez Vela.

Plan my day in Manuel Antonio using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa Ventanas and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. There's lots more to do: soothe aching muscles at Danyasa Eco-Retreat - Bamboo Yoga Play Studio, take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Uvita trip planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Uvita by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Jaco

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Bejuco and Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding. Spend the 17th (Thu) exploring nature at Carara National Park. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, make a trip to Mirador de Jaco, snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Jaco road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Jaco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Santa Teresa

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen, and then view the masterpieces at Bri'ah Art Gallery.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Santa Teresa journey planning site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Jaco to Santa Teresa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Adventure

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa Guiones and Spas. Visit Barrigona Beach and Playa Buena Vista for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playa Samara: Nosara (MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY & Horseback Riding Tours). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara itinerary planner.

Getting from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Tamarindo

— 6 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore hidden gems such as Playa Avellana and Spas. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Conchal. There's much more to do: stop by Papaya Con Leche, see Off-Road Tours, step aboard Kingpin Sportfishing, and stroll through Monkey Park.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo itinerary planning site.

Drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Playas del Coco

— 3 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Hermosa and Playa Nacascolo. Discover out-of-the-way places like Spas and Tio Leo Coffee Tour,a real cultural experience. Step out of Playas del Coco with an excursion to Cataratas Llanos de Cortes in Bagaces--about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Playas del Coco driving holiday planner.

Getting from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 7 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tree Chocolate Tour and Bogarin Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around La Fortuna de San Carlos: Butterfly Conservatory (in El Castillo) and Laberinto de Katira (in Katira). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday builder app.

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 4 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: Playa Punta Uva and Playa Cocles. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita and Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca tour itinerary builder app.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. On the 14th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trip

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.