53 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

53 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip builder

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Liberia
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo
— 5 nights
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Playa Samara
— 4 nights
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Monteverde
— 5 nights
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Jaco
— 5 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
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Uvita
— 5 nights
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Drake Bay
— 4 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 7 nights
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San Jose
— 5 nights
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Liberia

— 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Liberia side-trips: Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Four Seasons Golf Club & Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands) and Shark Diving (in Playas del Coco). Spend the 13th (Tue) among the fascinating landscape of Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja. There's still lots to do: relax in the rural setting at Tio Leo Coffee Tour,a real cultural experience, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take in the exciting artwork at Costa Rica'n Art Craft, and stop by Souvenirs La gran Nicoya.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Liberia online trip itinerary planner.

Geneva, Switzerland to Liberia is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Geneva to Liberia, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Liberia

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (Garra de Leon Golf Course & Playa Conchal). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, and wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip maker.

Drive from Liberia to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Playa Samara

— 4 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 find plenty of places to visit near Playa Samara: Barra Honda National Park (in Nicoya), Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure) and Nosara (MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY & Playa Guiones). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at dondeJavitours, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara trip planner.

Getting from Tamarindo to Playa Samara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Monteverde

— 5 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: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, get outside with Outdoor Activities, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk.

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

You can drive from Playa Samara to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Jaco

— 5 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 31st (Sat) exploring nature at Carara National Park. There's lots more to do: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Jaco, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Jaco trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Jaco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Manuel Antonio side-trips: Rainmaker Park (in Parrita) and Isla Damas (in Puntarenas). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, trot along with a tour on horseback, see Off-Road Tours, and look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio journey planner.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Uvita

— 5 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.
Explore Uvita's surroundings by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Ballena), Kokopelli (in Sierpe) and San Buenas Golf Resort and Spa (in Ciudad Cortes). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Marino Ballena.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Uvita online vacation builder.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Uvita by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Drake Bay

— 4 nights
Spend a day of island exploring on the 12th (Thu) at Cano Island.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Drake Bay day trip app.

You can drive from Uvita to Drake Bay in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): stroll through Nature Observatorio and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca attractions planner.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

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 18th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero day trip planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to take a shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

San Jose

— 5 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Cartago (Jardin Botanico Lankester & Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). There's much more to do: sample some tasty brews at Carpe Chepe, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

Plan my trip to San Jose with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can take a shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in San Jose, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

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.