60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica journey planner

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Playas del Coco
— 6 nights
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Tamarindo
— 7 nights
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Rincon de La Vieja
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 6 nights
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Jaco
— 6 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
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Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 10 nights
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Tortuguero
— 2 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
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San Jose
— 7 nights
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Playas del Coco

— 6 nights

Coco Beach

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Change things up with these side-trips from Playas del Coco: Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste), Cataratas Llanos de Cortes (in Bagaces) and Liberia (Tio Leo Coffee Tour, Liberia Airport Shuttle Service, &more). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, tee off at Four Seasons Golf Club, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Nacascolo.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Playas del Coco is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Tamarindo

— 7 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 Nosara (Playa Guiones & MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY), Playa Conchal (Garra de Leon Golf Course & Playa Conchal) and Playa Samara (Samara Beach, Belen Waterfall, &more). Saddle up on the 14th (Tue) and explore with a tour on horseback. And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Rincon de La Vieja.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Rincon de La Vieja

— 2 nights
On the 15th (Wed), get impressive views of Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja. On the next day, take in the natural beauty of Rio Negro Hot Springs and then contemplate the geological forces at Miravalles Volcano.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rincon de La Vieja trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Rincon de La Vieja takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Monteverde

— 6 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.
Spend the 22nd (Wed) exploring nature at Up in the Cloud Forest. There's much more to do: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rincon de La Vieja to Monteverde in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · 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 26th (Sun) exploring nature at Carara National Park. Next up on the itinerary: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, get outside with Costa Rica SUP'ers, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaco online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Jaco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio

— 6 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: Kokopelli (in Sierpe), Dominical (Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store & Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary) and Playa Ventanas (in Ballena). Spend the 4th (Mon) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, stroll through Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio online journey maker.

You can drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Vara Blanca

— 2 nights
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then stroll through La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get impressive views of Poas Volcano, admire the sheer force of Los Chorros Waterfalls, and then take in the pleasant sights at Parque Central De Grecia.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca trip planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 10 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Tortuguero

— 2 nights

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 17th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Jungle Tom Safaris Day Tours and then get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero route planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 5 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 20th (Wed) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. Spend the 22nd (Fri) exploring nature at La Amistad International Park. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, stroll through Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online tour itinerary planner.

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 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

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: Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Turrialba), Cartago (Jardin Botanico Lankester & Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles) and ZENfit 506 (in San Rafael de Escazu). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Top Travel Costa Rica, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, look for gifts at Biesanz Woodworks, and get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In July, daytime highs in San Jose are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sat) before leaving for 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.