60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Tamarindo
— 5 nights
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Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 3 nights
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Monteverde
— 6 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 7 nights
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Drake Bay
— 5 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 7 nights
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Tortuguero
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 14 nights
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Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
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San Jose
— 8 nights
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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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (Garra de Leon Golf Course & Playa Conchal), Liberia (Tio Leo Coffee Tour & Costa Rica'n Art Craft) and Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa). There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Danta, stroll through Monkey Park, and stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tamarindo trip itinerary planner.

Washington DC, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

3
nights
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Explore Area de Conservacion Guanacaste's surroundings by going to Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge (in Cuajiniquil) and Salve Terra (in La Cruz).

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste vacation planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

6
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Monteverde side-trips: Skydive Pura Vida (in Aranjuez) and RCR Rafting Guanacaste (in Canas). The adventure continues: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, and admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by car from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

7
nights
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: Uvita Beach (in Uvita), Dominical (Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary & Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store) and Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers, Zipline, &more). There's much more to do: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Birding Spots Manuel Antonio, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and stroll around Parque Nahomi.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

5
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Drake Bay

Explore Drake Bay's surroundings by going to Piedras Blancas National Park (in Golfito) and Corcovado National Park (in Carate). Spend a day of island exploring on the 11th (Wed) at Cano Island.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Drake Bay tour itinerary maker.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. 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

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

7
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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 17th (Tue) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. Spend the 20th (Fri) exploring nature at La Amistad International Park. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, stroll through La Ceiba, and kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip planner.

Drive from Drake Bay to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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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 23rd (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Jungle Tom Safaris Day Tours.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tortuguero journey planning site.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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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.
Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos with an excursion to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo--about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll through Proyecto Asis, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tirimbina Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): get impressive views of Poas Volcano and then appreciate the views at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ).

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rainforest Adventures (in Guapiles), Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles (in Cartago) and Sarchi (Mariposas Sarchi & Else Kientzler Botanical Garden). Next up on the itinerary: sample some tasty brews at Carpe Chepe, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and take a memorable tour with Top Travel Costa Rica.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Jose day trip app.

Getting from Vara Blanca to San Jose by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in December, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.