60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica itinerary planner

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Tamarindo
— 6 nights
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Playa Samara
— 6 nights
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Monteverde
— 7 nights
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Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 9 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 6 nights
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San Jose
— 7 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 7 nights
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Jaco
— 7 nights
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Tamarindo

— 6 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal), Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa) and Hidden Garden Art Gallery (in Liberia). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Tamarindo Beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, get in on the family fun at Canopy Vista Tamarindo, and take in the dramatic scenery at Cataratas Llanos de Cortes.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo route planning tool.

San Antonio, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Playa Samara

— 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Playa Samara: Nosara (Kayaking & Canoeing, Playa Guiones, &more), Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure) and Barra Honda National Park (in Nicoya). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Samara Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at dondeJavitours, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Playa Samara online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

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.
When in Monteverde, make a side trip to see Finca El Paraiso in Los Tornos, approximately Los Tornos away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Guia Naturalista Olman Gonzalez, and admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas).

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde itinerary planner.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

— 3 nights
On the 21st (Thu), spend a day delving into the history of Parque Nacional Santa Rosa.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste trip tool.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 9 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: contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs, walk around Bogarin Trail, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Tortuguero vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in May, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 6 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.
Spend the 5th (Thu) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. Spend the 6th (Fri) exploring nature at La Amistad International Park. And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Punta Uva, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Puerto Viejo.

For maps and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip site.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

San Jose

— 7 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca), Else Kientzler Botanical Garden (in Sarchi) and Alajuela (Souvenir Museum & Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Jose trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in May, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Museums · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio

— 7 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: Parque Nacional Marino Ballena (in Uvita), Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical) and Kokopelli (in Sierpe). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, don't miss a visit to Marina Pez Vela, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip maker.

Getting from San Jose to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Jaco

— 7 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 26th (Thu) exploring nature at Carara National Park. There's still lots to do: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, push the limits with an extreme tour, kick back and relax at Jaco Beach, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaco trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 30th (Mon), you're off to home.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

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.