50 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

50 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
+2
Train + Fly + Taxi:  17 h 15 min
1
Playa Samara
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Tamarindo
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Playas del Coco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 7 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
7
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
Drive:  7 h 45 min
8
Drake Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
9
Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
10
Monteverde
— 6 nights
+3
Taxi + Bus + Fly + Train:  16 h
End: London

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Samara Beach and Playa Garza. Explore Playa Samara's surroundings by going to Nosara (Playa Guiones, Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara, &more), Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project (in Punta Islita) and Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Corozalito, and take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Playa Samara trip planner.

London, UK to Playa Samara is an approximately 17.5- hour combination of train, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from London to Playa Samara, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nosara, Playa Carrillo, Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project, Playa Garza, Jungle Butterfly Farm
Find places to stay May 25 — 30:
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Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

6
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Conchal. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Playa Danta (in Las Catalinas) and Fishing Charters & Tours (in Playa Flamingo). There's lots more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get in on the family fun at Canopy Vista Tamarindo, and wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip planner.

Getting from Playa Samara to Tamarindo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Kayaking & Canoeing, Playa Conchal, Playa Danta
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 5:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

5
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Hermosa and Playa Nacascolo. Explore Playas del Coco's surroundings by going to Sensoria Land of Senses (in Rincon de La Vieja) and Liberia (Costa Rica'n Art Craft & Nahua). Spend the 8th (Mon) exploring nature at Palo Verde National Park. There's still lots to do: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, get impressive views of Rincon de La Vieja National Park, and visit Playa Ocotal.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Playas del Coco online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Province of Guanacaste, Liberia, Playa Nacascolo, Playa Hermosa, Sensoria Land of Senses
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 10:
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Shark Diving
Playa Nacascolo ©
Playa Nacascolo

3
nights
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Spend the 13th (Sat) among the fascinating landscape of Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Playas del Coco to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste by car takes about 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 13:
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Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands

7
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near La Fortuna de San Carlos: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, identify plant and animal life at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip website.

You can drive from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, Arenal Volcano, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Proyecto Asis ©
Proyecto Asis

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 21st (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Tortuguero online vacation builder.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in June, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Tours
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 21:
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Puerto Viejo Beach and Punta Uva Beach. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, and have some family-friendly fun at Yesland Mini Golf.

To plan Puerto Viejo de Talamanca vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio, Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 26:
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Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach

4
nights
Drake Bay

Take a break from Drake Bay with a short trip to Corcovado National Park in Carate, about 2h 45 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 28th (Sun) at Cano Island.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Drake Bay trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Drake Bay in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Corcovado National Park
Find places to stay Jun 26 — Jul 1:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cano Island ©
Cano Island
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Manuel Antonio and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este), Jaco (Zipline & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours) and Dominical (Parasailing & Paragliding & Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary). The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Jaco, Dominical, Horseback Riding Tours, Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 7:
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Monteverde: Guacimal River Bridge 2 (in Puntarenas) and Piedra de Fuego (in Esparza). The adventure continues: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Guacimal River Bridge 2, Piedra de Fuego
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

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