45 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

45 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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45 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Chicago
Fly + taxi:  9​h 45​min
Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 12 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Playa Conchal
— 5 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
Tortuguero
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Turrialba
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
San Jose
— 7 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
Chicago

6
days
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.
Head to Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and Super Josethfor plenty of shopping. Relax by the water at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Venture out of the city with trips to Hacienda Baru (in Guapil), Dominical (Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary & Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store) and Uvita (Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge & Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars). Pack the 19th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Rancho Tipico Don Juan. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at MidWorld Costa Rica, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

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Chicago, USA to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Chicago in February, things will get much warmer in Manuel Antonio: highs are around 79°F and lows about 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Adventure

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Dominical, Uvita
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

12
days
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.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). Get out of town with these interesting La Fortuna de San Carlos side-trips: El Castillo (Butterfly Conservatory & Arenal Eco Zoo) and Rio Celeste (in Tenorio Volcano National Park). And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, look for gifts at Souvenir Leo, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, and trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, El Castillo, Rio Celeste
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

5
days
Monteverde

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.
Santa Elena Skywalk and Ecological Sanctuary are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Shop till you drop at Hummingbird Gallery and Art House. Go for a jaunt from Monteverde to Tilaran to see Viento Fresco Waterfall about 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Monteverde online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Viento Fresco Waterfall
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): kick back and relax at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), look for all kinds of wild species at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, and then hunt for treasures at Samara Farmers Market. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach and then stroll through Barrigona Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Playa Samara trip planner .

You can drive from Monteverde to Playa Samara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 94°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Nosara
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)

1
day
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
On the 13th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 14th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Playa Conchal.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Montezuma Falls
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls

4
days
Playa Conchal

Playa Conchal ©
Relax by the water at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Conchal. Take a break from the city and head to Playa Avellana and Playa Hermosa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa Conchal: Tamarindo (Azul Profundo Boutique, Bolas Locas Mini Golf, & more) and Pura Aventura (in El Guapote).

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Playa Conchal trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Playa Conchal takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, daytime highs in Playa Conchal are 94°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Playa Conchal

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Tamarindo, Pura Aventura, Playa Hermosa, Playa Avellana
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

2
days
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Tortuguero National Park.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Playa Conchal to Tortuguero takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In March, Tortuguero is little chillier than Playa Conchal - with highs of 80°F and lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Turrialba.

Things to do in Tortuguero

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Rainforest Adventures
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Rainforest Adventures ©
Rainforest Adventures
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

3
days
Turrialba

Turrialba ©
Visiting Guayabo National Park and Monument and Serendipity Adventures Horseback Riding Day Trip will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turrialba: Cartago (Jardin Botanico Lankester & Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles)).

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Turrialba road trip planning app .

Explore your travel options from Tortuguero to Turrialba with the Route module. In March, daily temperatures in Turrialba can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Turrialba

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Cartago
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6
days
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Galeria Namu and Museo de Arte Costarricense. Do some cultural sightseeing at Precolumbian Gold Museum and National Museum (Museo Nacional). Get out of town with these interesting San Jose side-trips: La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca), Zoo Ave (in Alajuela) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, look for gifts at Chieton Moren, head off the coast to Cocos Island National Park, and ponder the world of politics at Correos de Costa Rica.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read San Jose day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Turrialba to San Jose takes 2 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Parks, #Museums, #Nature

Side Trips

Zoo Ave, Toucan Rescue Ranch, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Poas Volcano
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Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

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