51 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

51 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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51 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Chicago
Fly + taxi:  9​h 45​min
Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 13 nights
shuttle:  6​h
Tortuguero
— 3 nights
shuttle:  5​h
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
Vara Blanca
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
Monteverde
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Tamarindo
— 7 nights
Fly:  9​h
Chicago

6
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.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Manuel Antonio and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Relax by the water at Playa Biesanz and Playa Espadilla Norte. Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical) and Hacienda Baru (in Guapil). Spend the 13th (Tue) on the water with a fishing tour. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica, look for gifts at Super Joseth, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip builder website .

Chicago, USA to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in February; daily highs in Manuel Antonio reach 79°F and lows reach 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Quepos, Hacienda Baru, Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
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Playa Biesanz

12
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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Tabacon Hot Springs will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to El Castillo (Butterfly Conservatory & Arenal Eco Zoo) and Rio Celeste (in Tenorio Volcano National Park). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, look for all kinds of wild species at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can catch the shuttle to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
days
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.
On the 1st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Tortuguero National Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tortuguero online travel route planner .

Traveling by shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 6 hours. In February, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Cahuita National Park and Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Puerto Viejo Beach and Playa Cocles. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Nature Observatorio, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, view the masterpieces at Luluberlu Art Gallery, and kick back and relax at Playa Chiquita.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca vacation site .

Take a shuttle from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

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

3
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.
Get outdoors at La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Poas Volcano. Explore Vara Blanca's surroundings by going to San Jose (Precolumbian Gold Museum & River Rafting & Tubing), Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro) and Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park (in La Virgen). There's more to do: look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca route planner .

You can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Vara Blanca in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in March, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

San Jose, J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, Toucan Rescue Ranch, Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park, Poas Volcano
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©

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.
On the 12th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa, and then look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen and then take in the dramatic scenery at Montezuma Falls.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa trip planner.

Getting from Vara Blanca to Santa Teresa by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

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

5
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 outdoors at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. Step out of Monteverde to go to Tilaran and see Viento Fresco Waterfall, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond, and admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Santa Teresa to Monteverde by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, ferry, and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Viento Fresco Waterfall
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

5
days
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Visiting Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja and Rincon de La Vieja National Park will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste: Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa), Playas del Coco (Sea Hag Clothing, Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, & more) and Rio Negro Hot Springs (in Rincon de La Vieja).

For other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste travel planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 94°F in March, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa, Rio Negro Hot Springs, Rincon de La Vieja National Park
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Conchal. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Avellana and Puerto Carrillo. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Playa Ocotal, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and play a few rounds at Hacienda Pinilla Golf Club.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo road trip website .

Getting from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Tamarindo by car takes about 2 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 94°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

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

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