46 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

46 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

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Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Rincon de La Vieja
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Rincon de La Vieja
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bijagua de Upala
— 5 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 16 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 8 nights
Bus to Jacó, Ferry to Montezuma
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Montezuma
— 7 nights
Drive
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Liberia
— 7 nights
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Rincon de La Vieja

— 2 nights
On the 20th (Mon), find something for the whole family at Dino Park Blue River. Keep things going the next day: get impressive views of Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Rio Negro Hot Springs.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rincon de La Vieja online journey planner.

Toronto, Canada to Rincon de La Vieja is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Toronto to Rincon de La Vieja, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Toronto in December; daily highs in Rincon de La Vieja reach 32°C and lows reach 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bijagua de Upala.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Bijagua de Upala

— 5 nights
Get out of town with these interesting Bijagua de Upala side-trips: Miravalles Volcano (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste), Middle Earth Thermal Springs (in Quebrada Grande) and Centro de Rescate Las Pumas (in Canas).

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Bijagua de Upala trip planner.

You can drive from Rincon de La Vieja to Bijagua de Upala in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Bijagua de Upala

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 16 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to El Castillo (Arenal Eco Zoo & Butterfly Conservatory). There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

Plan my day in La Fortuna de San Carlos using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Bijagua de Upala to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. You will leave for Manuel Antonio on the 12th (Wed).

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio

— 8 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Get out of town with these interesting Manuel Antonio side-trips: Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este), Dominical (Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store & Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary) and Jaco (Zipline, Jaco Beach, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio online driving holiday planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Montezuma.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Montezuma

— 7 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Montezuma: Curu National Wildlife Refuge (in Nicoya), Santa Teresa (Tica Surf Bikinis & Playa Santa Teresa) and Tortuga Island (in Puntarenas). Spend the 23rd (Sun) exploring nature at Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls, trot along with a tour on horseback, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and head outdoors with Costa Rican Tropical Tours.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Montezuma online travel route planner.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Manuel Antonio to Montezuma in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. You'll set off for Liberia on the 27th (Thu).

Things to do in Montezuma

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Liberia

— 7 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Liberia: Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, Parque Nacional Santa Rosa, &more), Shark Diving (in Playas del Coco) and Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa). Spend the 2nd (Wed) exploring nature at Palo Verde National Park. And it doesn't end there: experience rural life at Tio Leo Coffee Tour,a real cultural experience, admire the sheer force of Cataratas Llanos de Cortes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of La Ermita La Agonia, and tee off at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica Golf Course.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Liberia trip planner.

Traveling by car from Montezuma to Liberia takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Liberia

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

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.