60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: La Fortuna de San Carlos
Drive:  3​h 15​min
1
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 6 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
3
San Jose
— 7 nights
bus:  3​h
4
Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Monteverde
— 8 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Playa Samara
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Tamarindo
— 8 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
8
Liberia
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 10 nights
End: La Fortuna de San Carlos

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
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 (Tue): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tortuguero trip maker .

La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

6
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
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.
Take a break from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca with a short trip to Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica in Cahuita, about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park, stop by Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, and look for all kinds of wild species at Redfrogteam Biological Station.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip website .

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Cahuita, Redfrogteam Biological Station, Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Nature Observatorio
Highlights from your plan
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

7
nights
San Jose

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca), Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Cartago (Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, Jardin Botanico Lankester, & more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, identify plant and animal life at Toucan Rescue Ranch, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Jose trip planner .

You can take a bus from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in October, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Cartago, Alajuela, Toucan Rescue Ranch, Poas Volcano, Irazu Volcano National Park
Highlights from your plan
Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park

6
nights
Manuel Antonio

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Manuel Antonio side-trips: Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers, Zipline, & more) and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Manuel Antonio Hot Springs, and stroll around Parque Nahomi.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planner .

Traveling by bus from San Jose to Manuel Antonio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Jaco, Quepos, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Zipline
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park

8
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monteverde: Piedra de Fuego (in Esparza), Puntarenas (Superman De Osa & Guacimal River Bridge 2) and Finca El Paraiso (in Los Tornos). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, experience rural life at Hidden Valley Permaculture Farm, and experience the excitement of Curi Cancha Reserve.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planner .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Puntarenas, Middle Earth Thermal Springs, Finca El Paraiso, Piedra de Fuego
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

6
nights
Playa Samara

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa Samara: Nosara (Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), & more), Playa Islita (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Samara Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at dondeJavitours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Blas, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Barra Honda National Park.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Playa Samara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Nosara, Nicoya, Jungle Butterfly Farm, Playa Islita
Highlights from your plan
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary

8
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Pura Veda Archery (in San Juanillo), Playa Conchal (Playa Conchal & Garra de Leon Golf Course) and Playa Dantita (in Las Catalinas). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, play a few rounds at TurfSafari, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip planner .

You can drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Liberia.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Playa Dantita, Pura Veda Archery, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Highlights from your plan
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

7
nights
Liberia

Liberia ©
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.
Explore Liberia's surroundings by going to Las Aves de Tierras Altas (in Bijagua de Upala), Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja, Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, & more) and Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Rincon de La Vieja National Park, kick back and relax at Playa Nacascolo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria, and have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

Find out how to plan Liberia trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by bus from Tamarindo to Liberia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Liberia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Province of Guanacaste, Las Aves de Tierras Altas, Playa Hermosa, Playa Nacascolo
Highlights from your plan
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Miravalles Volcano ©
Miravalles Volcano

10
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos with an excursion to Rio Celeste in Tenorio Volcano National Park--about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, take a memorable tour with Tours, identify plant and animal life at La Fortuna Waterfall, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Liberia to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Rio Celeste
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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