45 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

45 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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45 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Budapest
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Carara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Quepos
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Uvita
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Playas del Coco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Playa Samara
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Monteverde
— 7 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
8
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
9
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 8 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Budapest

2
nights
Carara

Carara ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Carara National Park and then don't miss a visit to Bridge Over Rio Tarcoles. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Carara trip planner.

Budapest, Hungary to Carara is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Quepos.

Things to do in Carara

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Bridge Over Rio Tarcoles
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 21:
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Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park

6
nights
Quepos

Quepos ©
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Step out of the city life by going to Rainmaker Park and MidWorld Costa Rica. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palo Seco Beach and Playa Espadilla Norte. Step out of Quepos to go to Esterillos Este and see Playa Bejuco, which is approximately 52 minutes away. Make the 22nd (Sun) an awe-inspiring day at Naturalist Michael Araya Flores. The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Matapalo, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and stroll through La Playita.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Quepos driving holiday site .

Getting from Carara to Quepos by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Quepos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio, Parrita, Playa Bejuco
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Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
River Rafting & Tubing
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

5
nights
Uvita

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Get outdoors at Hacienda Baru and Kokopelli. Visit Uvita Beach and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena for some beach relaxation. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, head outdoors with Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena, look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and take in the dramatic scenery at Santa Lucia Falls.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Uvita trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Quepos to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Dominical, Kokopelli, Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena, Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica
Find places to stay Apr 27 — May 2:
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru

4
nights
Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tamarindo Beach and Playa Conchal. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Avellana and Playa Hermosa. Get out of town with these interesting Playas del Coco side-trips: Costa Rica Sailing Center (in Playa Potrero), Los Piratas de Flamingo (in Playa Flamingo) and Tamarindo (Azul Profundo Boutique & Lydia Beech Art). There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at El Viejo Wetlands.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Playas del Coco tour itinerary app .

Getting from Uvita to Playas del Coco by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. May in Playas del Coco sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tamarindo, Playa Conchal, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica Sailing Center, Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

5
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Barrigona Beach and Samara Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary and Spas & Wellness. Explore Playa Samara's surroundings by going to Nosara (Horseback Riding Tours, Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, & more) and The Ara Project (in Punta Islita). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at dondeJavitours, admire all the interesting features of Kingfisher Sportfishing, and take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Playa Samara in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. May in Playa Samara sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Nosara, The Ara Project
Find places to stay May 6 — 11:
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
The Ara Project ©
The Ara Project

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): stroll through Playa Carmen, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Santa Teresa, and then stop by Tica Surf Bikinis.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay May 11 — 12:
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

7
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas). Get in touch with nature at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Zipline. Step out of Monteverde to go to Punta Arenas and see Sky Mountain Canopy, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Spend the 14th (Mon) exploring nature at Up in the Cloud Forest. The adventure continues: meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, look for all kinds of wild species at Valle Escondido Preserve, look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, and take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planner.

Drive from Santa Teresa to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Sky Mountain Canopy
Find places to stay May 12 — 19:
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Zipline

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Cocles and Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Puerto Viejo Beach. Spend the 22nd (Tue) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, take in the exciting artwork at Luluberlu Art Gallery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca journey builder app .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Monteverde to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. In May in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 32°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cahuita, Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary
Find places to stay May 19 — 24:
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park

8
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Butterfly Conservatory and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Paradise Hot Springs will get you outdoors. Take a break from La Fortuna de San Carlos with a short trip to Arenal Eco Zoo in El Castillo, about 38 minutes away. Spend the 29th (Tue) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Volcan Arenal. Spend the 30th (Wed) among the fascinating landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). Next up on the itinerary: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves, get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), and head outdoors with Canopy San Luis.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, El Castillo
Find places to stay May 24 — Jun 1:
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
River Rafting & Tubing

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