51 days in Costa Rica & Samana Province Itinerary

51 days in Costa Rica & Samana Province Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
2
Quepos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
3
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
4
Drake Bay, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
5
Cahuita, Costa Rica
— 1 night
6
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
7
Guapiles, Costa Rica
— 1 night
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
9
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
10
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
11
Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
12
Las Galeras, Dominican Republic
— 6 nights

5
nights
San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Attractions like Top Travel Costa Rica and Galeria Namu make great kid-friendly stops. Escape the urban bustle at Toucan Rescue Ranch and Guayabo National Monument. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Catarata Rio Agrio (in Bajos del Toro), Zoo Ave (in Alajuela) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Turrialba). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico Lankester.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose tour itinerary planner.

Montreal, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to San Jose is minus 1 hour. In June, San Jose is a bit warmer than Montreal - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Quepos.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Turrialba, Irazu Volcano National Park, Toucan Rescue Ranch, Catarata Rio Agrio, Zoo Ave
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park
Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch

5
nights
Quepos, Costa Rica

The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Take a break from the city and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Bring the kids along to River Rafting & Tubing and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. Get out of town with these interesting Quepos side-trips: Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este) and Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers, Zipline, &more). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Quepos trip planning site.

You can drive from San Jose to Quepos in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Jaco, Horseback Riding Tours, Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Fishing Charters & Tours

5
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Bring the kids along to Playa Manuel Antonio and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Visiting Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Kayaking & Canoeing will get you outdoors. When in Manuel Antonio, make a side trip to see Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge in Uvita, approximately Uvita away. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, and see Off-Road Tours.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio driving holiday planner.

Manuel Antonio is very close to Quepos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park

5
nights
Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Naturaseekers. Kids will appreciate attractions like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Playa San Josecito. Step out of Drake Bay with an excursion to Corcovado National Park in Carate--about 2h 45 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 9th (Thu) at Cano Island.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Drake Bay itinerary planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Corcovado National Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Corcovado National Park ©
Corcovado National Park
Cano Island ©
Cano Island

1
night
Cahuita, Costa Rica

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
On the 12th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles and then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park and then admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cahuita route builder site.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Cahuita takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Cahuita are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Highlights from your plan
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

1
night
Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 14th (Tue), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tortuguero itinerary builder.

Getting from Cahuita to Tortuguero by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. In July in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Guapiles.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
Guapiles, Costa Rica

Guapiles ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Caribbean Botanical Garden and then get outside with La Danta Salvaje.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Guapiles trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Tortuguero to Guapiles by car takes about 2 hours. In July in Guapiles, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Guapiles

Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Caribbean Botanical Garden
Highlights from your plan
La Danta Salvaje ©
La Danta Salvaje
Caribbean Botanical Garden ©
Caribbean Botanical Garden

7
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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.
Bring the kids along to La Fortuna Waterfall and River Rafting & Tubing. Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and explore the activities along Lake Arenal.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip site.

Drive from Guapiles to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

5
nights
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Step out of the city life by going to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Piedra de Fuego. Attractions like Zipline and The Bat Jungle make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Viento Fresco Waterfall (in Tilaran) and Guacimal River Bridge 2 (in Puntarenas). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, explore and take pictures at Ecological Sanctuary, and view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Monteverde road trip website.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Piedra de Fuego, Viento Fresco Waterfall, Guacimal River Bridge 2
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

5
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Guiones. Attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Playa Hermosa make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Barrigona Beach (in Playa Samara). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, and wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo trip maker site.

Drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, Playa Guiones, Barrigona Beach, Kayaking & Canoeing
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

3
nights
Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

Poas Volcano National Park
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
On the 2nd (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Los Chorros Waterfalls and then stroll through Refugio de Vida Silvestre Bosque Alegre. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens, look for gifts at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, and then contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Poas Volcano National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tamarindo to Poas Volcano National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Las Galeras.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Los Chorros Waterfalls, Refugio de Vida Silvestre Bosque Alegre, La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens, Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Refugio de Vida Silvestre Bosque Alegre ©
Refugio de Vida Silvestre Bosque Alegre
Los Chorros Waterfalls ©
Los Chorros Waterfalls

6
nights
Las Galeras, Dominican Republic

Las Galeras ©
Bring the kids along to Playa Rincon and Scuba & Snorkeling. We've included these beaches for you: Playa Bonita and Playa Coson Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Las Terrenas (Playa Moron, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more), Santa Barbara de Samana (Zipline & Samana's Picasso: Eusebio dominican paintings) and Playa Ermitano (in El Limon).

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Las Galeras holiday site.

Explore your travel options from Poas Volcano National Park to Las Galeras with the Route module. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. August in Las Galeras sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. On the 10th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Las Galeras

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Las Terrenas, Santa Barbara de Samana, Playa Rincon, Playa Ermitano
Highlights from your plan
Playa Rincon ©
Playa Rincon
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Playa Bonita ©
Playa Bonita

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