50 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

50 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica holiday planner

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Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Bijagua de Upala
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Bijagua de Upala
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 4 nights
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Quepos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Montezuma
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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Playa Hermosa
— 20 nights
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Liberia
— 7 nights
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Bijagua de Upala

— 2 nights
Tapir Valley Nature Reserve has been added to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Rio Celeste.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bijagua de Upala trip planner.

Minneapolis, USA to Bijagua de Upala is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Bijagua de Upala

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 5 nights
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 the city life by going to La Fortuna Waterfall and Tabacon Hot Springs. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, and pick up some new knowledge with ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning tool.

Getting from Bijagua de Upala to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 2 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Wed) before leaving for Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 19:

Monteverde

— 4 nights
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 some cultural insight at Santa Elena Skywalk and Ecological Sanctuary. Get outdoors at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Curi Cancha Reserve. It doesn't end there: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and stroll through Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Quepos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 23:

Quepos

— 4 nights
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Quepos is known for wildlife, adventure, and spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Quepos trip maker website.

Getting from Monteverde to Quepos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Jaco.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 27:
Highlights from your trip

Jaco

— 2 nights
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Carara National Park and then kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz. Here are some ideas for day two: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaco tour site.

Drive from Quepos to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Montezuma.

Things to do in Jaco

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 27 — 29:

Montezuma

— 3 nights
With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Santa Teresa and Montezuma Falls. Step out of Montezuma with an excursion to Bri'ah Art Gallery in Santa Teresa--about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Isla de Cabuya, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Montezuma day trip planning app.

You can ride a ferry from Jaco to Montezuma in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Montezuma

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 1:

Tamarindo

— 2 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 1st (Tue), kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then stroll through Playa Conchal.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip website.

You can drive from Montezuma to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Playa Hermosa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 1 — 3:

Playa Hermosa

— 20 nights
Playa Hermosa, located in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica, is a popular beach and beach-front resort town.People who visit Playa Hermosa can indulge in swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving, sport fishing or sailing.Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste Province is not to be confused with Playa Hermosa, Puntarenas Province. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco and Alessandra Cola Art. Take a break from the city and head to Shark Diving and Playas del coco. When in Playa Hermosa, make a side trip to see Playa Dantita in Las Catalinas, approximately Las Catalinas away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, play a few rounds at Four Seasons Golf Club, take some stellar pictures from Playa Hermosa Turismo Rural Comunitario, and look for gifts at Cata Chocolate.

Plan my day in Playa Hermosa using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playa Hermosa in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 23rd (Wed), you're off to Liberia.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Golf

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 23:

Liberia

— 7 nights

White City

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Visiting Parque Nacional Santa Rosa and Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Church of La Ermita La Agonia and Costa Rica'n Art Craft. Take a break from Liberia with a short trip to Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, about 58 minutes away. Spend the 1st (Tue) exploring nature at Palo Verde National Park. Pack the 24th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Ponderosa Adventure Park. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Cataratas Llanos de Cortes, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and experience rural life at Tio Leo Coffee Tour,a real cultural experience.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Liberia trip maker site.

Getting from Playa Hermosa to Liberia by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. You will leave for home on the 2nd (Wed).

Things to do in Liberia

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 23 — Mar 2:

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.

Arenal Volcano National Park travel guide

4.4
Hot Springs · Waterfalls · River Rafting & Tubing
Plan a tour of Arenal Volcano National Park to get in touch with nature, enjoy scenic views, and admire the majestic volcano up close. The park, established in 1991, protects a variety of ecosystems and wildlife. You can choose from four hiking trails, taking you across the rainforest and lava fields. Enjoy scenic lookout points, see a staggering variety of birds and plants, or climb the dormant Mount Chato on your trip to Arenal Volcano National Park.