50 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

50 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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50 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Buenos Aires
Fly + bus + shuttle:  16​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 9 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Uvita
— 5 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 6 nights
shuttle + bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
Nosara
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Playas del Coco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Punta Arenas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Monteverde
— 7 nights
bus + Fly:  17​h 45​min
Buenos Aires

8
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Butterfly Conservatory and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal) will get you outdoors. Spend the 25th (Sun) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Volcan Arenal. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, Head underground at Venado Caves, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online journey planner .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of ferry, bus, flight, and shuttle. The time zone changes from Argentine Time (ART) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Palo Seco Beach and Playa Biesanz. Escape the urban bustle at MidWorld Costa Rica and River Rafting & Tubing. Take a break from Manuel Antonio with a short trip to Playa Bejuco in Esterillos Este, about 1 hour away. Make the 1st (Thu) an awe-inspiring day at Naturalist Michael Araya Flores. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Espadilla Norte, delve into the lush surroundings at Kids Saving the Rain Forest, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Quepos, Playa Bejuco, Palo Seco Beach
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MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
River Rafting & Tubing

4
days
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hacienda Baru and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. Visit Uvita Beach and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Uvita visit planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Dominical, Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Veragua Rainforest Park. Get outdoors at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and Puerto Viejo Beach. Step out of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca with an excursion to Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary in Puerto Limon--about 32 minutes away. Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve and take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner .

Drive from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Nosara.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Cahuita, Puerto Limon
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Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
days
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
You'll get in some beach time at Barrigona Beach and Samara Beach. Step out of the city life by going to SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary and Equisol Retreats CR, SRL. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nosara: Playa Samara (Belen Waterfall & Horseback Riding Tours). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, stroll through Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), and putt your heart out at Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara.

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Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Nosara takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Nosara is minus 1 hour. In March, daytime highs in Nosara are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Nosara

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Samara
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

6
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 Las Baulas National Marine Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa Avellana and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Venture out of the city with trips to Costa Rica Sailing Center (in Playa Potrero), Nicoya (Barra Honda National Park & Puerto Carrillo) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal). The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Kingpin Sportfishing, get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf, and look for gifts at EK Art Jewelry.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo online trip maker .

You can drive from Nosara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. March in Tamarindo sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Nicoya, Playa Conchal, Las Baulas National Marine Park, Costa Rica Sailing Center, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

4
days
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Hermosa and Playa Ocotal. Explore hidden gems such as Shark Diving and Playa Rajada. Get out of town with these interesting Playas del Coco side-trips: El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Ostional National Wildlife Refuge (in Santa Cruz). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Crazy Alex CR, view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and browse the exhibits of Hidden Garden Art Gallery.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Playas del Coco sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

El Viejo Wetlands, Ostional National Wildlife Refuge, Playa Hermosa, Playa Rajada, Playa Ocotal
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Ocotal ©
Playa Ocotal
Shark Diving

3
days
Punta Arenas

A major port city with a busy fish market, for most tourists Puntarenas represents little more than the launching point for ferries heading to the pleasant beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Carara National Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bridge Over Rio Tarcoles and Playa Blanca ( White Beach ). There's more to do: get outside with Sapao adventures.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Punta Arenas travel route builder .

Drive from Playas del Coco to Punta Arenas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Tarcoles, Sapao adventures, Carara National Park, Playa Blanca ( White Beach )
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Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park
Playa Blanca ( White Beach ) ©
Playa Blanca ( White Beach )

7
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Viento Fresco Waterfall. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Bat Jungle and Monteverde Frog Pond. Venture out of the city with trips to Tilaran (Cataratas Viento Fresco & La Reserva Forest Reserve) and Middle Earth Thermal Springs (in Quebrada Grande). Spend the 3rd (Tue) exploring nature at Up in the Cloud Forest. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood, take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery, and admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Monteverde itinerary maker .

You can drive from Punta Arenas to Monteverde in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Tilaran, Middle Earth Thermal Springs
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
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