46 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

46 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Tamarindo
— 5 nights
Drive
2
Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Jaco
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
Drive
7
Uvita
— 4 nights
Drive
8
Drake Bay
— 3 nights
Drive
9
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
Drive
10
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
Drive
11
Playas del Coco
— 4 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5

Tamarindo

— 5 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Step off the beaten path and head to Off-Road Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Tamarindo Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Potrero Beach (in Playa Potrero). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo online driving holiday planner.

Montreal, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montreal to Tamarindo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Montreal in December, things will get much hotter in Tamarindo: highs are around 32°C and lows about 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Playa Guiones and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Step out of the city life by going to Horseback Riding Tours and Off-Road Tours. Take a break from Playa Samara with a short trip to Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary in Nosara, about 58 minutes away. There's more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Playa Samara trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Santa Teresa

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tortuga Island and Playa Santa Teresa. Step out of the city life by going to Playa Hermosa and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Take a break from Santa Teresa with a short trip to Spas & Wellness in Montezuma, about 40 minutes away. There's more to do: get a dose of the wild on Costa Rican Tropical Tours.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa itinerary planner.

Drive from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like El Trapiche Tour and Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. Take a break from the city and head to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Nature & Wildlife Tours. When in Monteverde, make a side trip to see Viento Fresco Waterfall in Tilaran, approximately Tilaran away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, indulge in some personalized pampering at Monteverde Massage Center, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Monteverde day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Monteverde in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

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.
Visiting Carara National Park and Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Horseback Riding Tours and Costa Rica Dreams Sportfishing. Step out of Jaco with an excursion to Playa Bejuco in Esterillos Este--about 34 minutes away. It doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaco trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Monteverde to Jaco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio

— 5 nights
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 Rainmaker Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Safari Adventures and River Rafting & Tubing. Change things up with a short trip to Los Campesinos Reserve in Quepos (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Espadilla Norte, kick back and relax at Playa Espadilla Sur, trot along with a tour on horseback, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) 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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Ventanas and Uvita Beach. Get in touch with nature at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Uvita Waterfall. Take a break from Uvita with a short trip to Nature & Wildlife Tours in Ballena, about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, and relax and rejuvenate at Danyasa Eco-Retreat - Bamboo Yoga Play Studio.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Uvita trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Drake Bay

— 3 nights
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cano Island and Playa San Josecito. Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Nature & Wildlife Tours.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Drake Bay trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Uvita to Drake Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Cocles and Playa Punta Uva. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and La Ceiba will get you outdoors. Spend the 24th (Mon) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarantulas Way and take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive 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.
Visiting La Fortuna Waterfall and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Bogarin Trail and Butterfly Conservatory. There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, and relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Playas del Coco

— 4 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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Cataratas Llanos de Cortes will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palo Verde National Park and Spas. Take a break from Playas del Coco with a short trip to Hidden Garden Art Gallery in Liberia, about 38 minutes away. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Playas del Coco trip builder website.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playas del Coco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

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.