57 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

57 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 5 nights
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Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
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Jaco
— 5 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
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Drake Bay
— 4 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
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Tortuguero
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 8 nights
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Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 5 nights
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Playa Samara
— 5 nights
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Monteverde
— 7 nights
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting San Jose side-trips: Sarchi (Mariposas Sarchi & Else Kientzler Botanical Garden), Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles (in Cartago) and Alajuela (Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center & Teatro Municipal). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, make a trip to Central Bank (Banco Central), and look for all kinds of wild species at Top Travel Costa Rica.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip itinerary builder.

London, UK to San Jose is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from London to San Jose, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in April, expect San Jose to be warmer, temps between 33°C and 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Tours · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

2
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Vara Blanca

A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 10th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then appreciate the views at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ). On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano, then take in the dramatic scenery at Los Chorros Waterfalls, and then take in the pleasant sights at Parque Central De Grecia.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca day trip website.

Drive from San Jose to Vara Blanca in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

5
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Jaco

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 14th (Wed) exploring nature at Carara National Park. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Jaco trip builder tool.

Getting from Vara Blanca to Jaco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

5
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Uvita (Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge & Parque Nacional Marino Ballena) and Dominical (Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store & Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz, and see Off-Road Tours.

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

You can drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Drake Bay

Go for a jaunt from Drake Bay to Carate to see Corcovado National Park about 1h 10 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 23rd (Fri) at Cano Island.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Drake Bay online visit planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. On the 25th (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 · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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.
Spend the 27th (Tue) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. Spend the 30th (Fri) exploring nature at La Amistad International Park. There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca journey planning tool.

You can drive from Drake Bay to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

2
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Tortuguero

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then take an exotic tour of Jungle Tom Safaris Day Tours.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stroll around Bogarin Trail.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip app.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Change things up with a short trip to Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge in Cuajiniquil (about 42 minutes away). On the 11th (Tue), spend a day delving into the history of Parque Nacional Santa Rosa.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Area de Conservacion Guanacaste tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore Tamarindo's surroundings by going to Playa Conchal (Garra de Leon Golf Course & Playa Conchal), Playa Nacascolo (in Gulf of Papagayo) and Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, steep yourself in history at Church of La Ermita La Agonia, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Tamarindo takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Playa Samara

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: Nosara (MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, Playa Guiones, &more), Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure) and Barra Honda National Park (in Nicoya). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach, stroll through Barrigona Beach, step aboard Kingfisher Sportfishing, and admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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Monteverde

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Spend the 27th (Thu) exploring nature at Up in the Cloud Forest. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde route maker app.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Monteverde in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

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.