49 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

49 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Orosi
— 4 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
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Guacimo
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
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Paquera
— 2 nights
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Montezuma
— 4 nights
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Nosara
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
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Monteverde
— 7 nights
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Manuel Antonio
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Uvita
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Drake Bay
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Jaco
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Orosi

— 4 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Orosi: River Rafting & Tubing (in Turrialba) and Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles (in Cartago). Spend the 11th (Wed) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Tapanti Macizo de la Muerte.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Orosi trip planner.

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Orosi is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Orosi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 3 nights

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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.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is known for wildlife, beaches, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Punta Uva, and take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca vacation maker website.

Getting from Orosi to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Guacimo.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Guacimo

— 2 nights
Guácimo is the capital of Guácimo, Limón Province in Costa Rica.This rural town on the east coast of the country has many banana and pineapple plantations. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Blue Day Family Club. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Caribbean Botanical Garden and then get outside with La Danta Salvaje.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Guacimo online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Guacimo in 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Guacimo are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Guacimo

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trip

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning website.

You can drive from Guacimo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Paquera.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Paquera

— 2 nights
On the 26th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Curu National Wildlife Refuge. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see majestic marine mammals with Bahia Rica Adventures.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Paquera trip maker app.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Paquera in 5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Montezuma.

Things to do in Paquera

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Montezuma

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Montezuma: Santa Teresa (Playa Hermosa, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, &more) and Costa Rican Tropical Tours (in Mal Pais). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Montezuma Falls, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, step off the mainland to explore Isla de Cabuya, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Montezuma trip site.

Traveling by car from Paquera to Montezuma takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Nosara.

Things to do in Montezuma

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Nosara

— 3 nights
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nosara: Playa Samara (Barrigona Beach, Horseback Riding Tours, &more). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Guiones and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Nosara trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Montezuma to Nosara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Nosara

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Tamarindo

— 3 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Shark Diving (in Playas del Coco). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Tamarindo trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Nosara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

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You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Manuel Antonio

— 3 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, stroll through Playa Biesanz, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Uvita

— 1 night
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.
To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Uvita online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Drake Bay

— 3 nights
Spend a day of island exploring on the 19th (Sun) at Cano Island.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Drake Bay trip itinerary maker.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Jaco.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

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.
Spend the 27th (Mon) exploring nature at Carara National Park. There's lots more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, trot along with a tour on horseback, stop by Jimmy T's Provisions, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaco road trip planning app.

You can drive from Drake Bay to Jaco in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.