55 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

55 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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55 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Paris
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  18​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 9 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Uvita
— 5 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 6 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  6​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Playas del Coco
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Playa Samara
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 7 nights
shuttle + Fly:  19​h
End: Paris

9
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.
Get outdoors at Butterfly Conservatory and Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Catedral de Ciudad Quesada and Onirica Art Gallery. Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to El Castillo to see Arenal Eco Zoo about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: hike along Ecocentro Danaus, Head underground at Venado Caves, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens, and take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip app .

Paris, France to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and shuttle. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Paris to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, El Castillo, Catedral de Ciudad Quesada
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

6
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Playa Biesanz. Escape the urban bustle at Rainmaker Park and Naturalist Michael Araya Flores. There's lots more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stop by Meli Melo Boutique, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and shop like a local with Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio day trip planning app .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In June, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Quepos, Rainmaker Park
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at El Sitio Museo Finca 6 and Magic Ananda. Get outdoors at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Uvita Waterfall. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Hacienda Baru, tour the pleasant surroundings at Uvita Beach, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Uvita trip planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Dominical, El Sitio Museo Finca 6
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru

6
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa Chiquita and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get outdoors at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica and Nature Observatorio. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Cocles, take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, appreciate the extensive heritage of Nature Park Walk, and experience rural life at Chocorart.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner .

You can 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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. In July, daily temperatures in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Manzanillo, Cahuita
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Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Nature & Wildlife Tours

8
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 San Juanillo Beach and Cesar Adventure. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Pura Aventura. Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Fishing Charters & Tours (in Playa Flamingo). There's much more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Urban Eclectic Jewelry, and have some family-friendly fun at Bolas Locas Mini Golf.

For reviews and tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip itinerary builder site .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tamarindo in 7 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 Tamarindo is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tamarindo: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Cesar Adventure, Playa Conchal, San Juanillo Beach
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

6
nights
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.
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco and Church of La Ermita La Agonia will appeal to history buffs. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Hermosa and Potrero Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playas del Coco: Zipline (in Liberia) and Llanos de Cortez Waterfall (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). Next up on the itinerary: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, browse the exhibits of Hidden Garden Art Gallery, take some stellar pictures from Playa Hermosa Turismo Rural Comunitario, and take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the 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. In July in Playas del Coco, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Liberia, Playa Hermosa, Rincon de La Vieja National Park, Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, Potrero Beach
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Zipline
Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

6
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Koss Art Gallery and MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY. Escape the urban bustle at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa Samara: The Ara Project (in Punta Islita) and Nosara (Nosara Refuge for Wildlife & Spas & Wellness). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Barrigona Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at dondeJavitours, explore and take pictures at Kingfisher Sportfishing, and admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Playa Samara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Nosara, The Ara Project
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Koss Art Gallery ©
Koss Art Gallery
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
The Ara Project ©
The Ara Project

7
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.
Popular historic sites such as Santa Elena Skywalk and Catedral de Puntarenas are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ecological Sanctuary and Arte Jaguar Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Zipline (in Punta Arenas) and Tilaran (Viento Fresco Waterfall & La Reserva Forest Reserve). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Monteverde in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Punta Arenas, Tilaran
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Zipline
Viento Fresco Waterfall ©
Viento Fresco Waterfall

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