46 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

46 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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46 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Bangkok
Fly:  28​h
Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 11 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Quebrada Grande
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
shuttle:  5​h
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Carate
— 2 nights
Fly:  35​h
Bangkok

2
days
Vara Blanca

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 10th (Sat): meet the residents at Zoo Ave and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Poas Volcano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca day trip site .

Bangkok, Thailand to Vara Blanca is an approximately 28-hour flight. You'll gain 13 hours traveling from Bangkok to Vara Blanca due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bangkok in February, things will get little chillier in Vara Blanca: highs are around 34°C and lows about 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

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Side Trips

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, Poas Volcano, Zoo Ave
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Zoo Ave ©
Zoo Ave

5
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Manuel Antonio and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. Get outdoors at MidWorld Costa Rica and River Rafting & Tubing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store (in Dominical) and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, stroll through La Playita, shop like a local with Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, and stop by Super Joseth.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip website .

Getting from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Vara Blanca in February: highs in Manuel Antonio hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, La Playita, Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
River Rafting & Tubing

11
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.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and La Fortuna Waterfall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near La Fortuna de San Carlos: El Castillo (Butterfly Conservatory & Arenal Eco Zoo). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, and trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. On the 27th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

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

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Monteverde Frog Pond. Go for a jaunt from Monteverde to Tilaran to see Viento Fresco Waterfall about 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, and stop by Hummingbird Gallery.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Monteverde trip itinerary maker website .

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

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Adventure

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), identify plant and animal life at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, and then try for a hole-in-one at Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach and then stroll through Barrigona Beach.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Playa Samara trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Playa Samara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In March, daytime highs in Playa Samara are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Nosara
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa. On the next day, look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis and then admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Santa Teresa day trip planning tool .

Getting from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

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

4
days
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Take a break from the city and head to Tamarindo Beach and Playa Conchal. Spend the 11th (Sun) exploring nature at Las Baulas National Marine Park. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana, stop by Diamante Boutique, admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, and get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in March, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Quebrada Grande.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Las Baulas National Marine Park
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

3
days
Quebrada Grande

Quebrada Grande ©
Step out of the city life by going to Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja and Llanos de Cortez Waterfall. Change things up with these side-trips from Quebrada Grande: Rio Negro Hot Springs (in Rincon de La Vieja) and Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa).

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Quebrada Grande trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Quebrada Grande in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in March, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Quebrada Grande

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Rincon de La Vieja National Park, Rio Negro Hot Springs, Playa Hermosa
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Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

1
day
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.
To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tortuguero itinerary site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Quebrada Grande to Tortuguero. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Quebrada Grande in March, with highs in Tortuguero at 31°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

4
days
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Puerto Viejo Beach and Playa Cocles. Get outdoors at Cahuita National Park and Nature Observatorio. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Chiquita, admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, and look for all kinds of wild species at Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner .

You can take a shuttle from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Carate.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio, Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
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Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge ©

3
days
Carate

Carate ©
Visiting Cano Island and Osa Wildlife Sanctuary will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Minisuper Drake in Drake Bay (about 1h 30 min away).

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Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Carate in 11.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Carate, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Carate

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Puerto Jimenez, Drake Bay
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Cano Island ©
Cano Island
Osa Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Osa Wildlife Sanctuary

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