57 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

57 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Train + Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
San Jose
— 6 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
2
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
Drive:  7 h 45 min
4
Drake Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h
6
Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 45 min
7
Tamarindo
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Playa Samara
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
9
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
10
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 8 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
11
Monteverde
— 6 nights
+3
Taxi + Bus + Fly + Train:  16 h
End: London

6
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Cartago (Jardin Botanico Lankester & Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles), Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro) and Guayabo National Monument (in Turrialba). There's lots more to do: cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose day trip planning site.

London, UK to San Jose is an approximately 15- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from London in April, with highs in San Jose at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cartago, Escazu, Alajuela, Irazu Volcano National Park, Toucan Rescue Ranch
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 17:
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park

2
nights
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 18th (Sun), get interesting insight from Tours. On the next day, learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Tortuguero route maker.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from San Jose to Tortuguero in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In April in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Adventure
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 19:
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

5
nights
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.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is known for wildlife, beaches, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach, stroll through Nature Observatorio, and admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca tour builder website.

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 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio, Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 24:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

4
nights
Drake Bay

Drake Bay ©
Go for a jaunt from Drake Bay to Carate to see Corcovado National Park about 2h 45 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 27th (Tue) at Cano Island.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Drake Bay attractions planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Drake Bay in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Corcovado National Park
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 29:
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Cano Island ©
Cano Island
Corcovado National Park ©
Corcovado National Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Manuel Antonio side-trips: Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical), Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, &more) and Kokopelli (in Sierpe). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stroll through Playa Biesanz.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online route planner.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Jaco, Quepos, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Kokopelli
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 5:
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): get impressive views of Poas Volcano and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. On your second day here, admire the verdant scenery at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ) and then take in the dramatic scenery at Los Chorros Waterfalls.

Discover how to plan a Poas Volcano National Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Poas Volcano National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ), Los Chorros Waterfalls, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
Find places to stay May 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Los Chorros Waterfalls ©
Los Chorros Waterfalls
Orosi River Valley  ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ) ©

6
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Playa Nacascolo (in Gulf of Papagayo), Playa Conchal (Garra de Leon Golf Course & Playa Conchal) and Playas del coco (in Playa Matapalo). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, stop by Playa Ocotal, take a memorable tour with Tours, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo route builder app.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Poas Volcano National Park to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Playa Nacascolo, Playa Ocotal, Playas del coco, Playa Hermosa
Find places to stay May 7 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Playa Samara: Barra Honda National Park (in Nicoya), Nosara (Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, Playa Guiones, &more) and Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Samara Beach, kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

Plan my Playa Samara trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Nosara, Barra Honda National Park, Jungle Butterfly Farm, Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project
Find places to stay May 13 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Playa Guiones ©
Playa Guiones

4
nights
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Step out of Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to go to Cuajiniquil and see Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge, which is approximately 2h 45 min away. Spend the 22nd (Sat) among the fascinating landscape of Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Area de Conservacion Guanacaste day trip planner.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge
Find places to stay May 19 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Miravalles Volcano ©
Miravalles Volcano
Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge ©
Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge

8
nights
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday maker tool.

Getting from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
Find places to stay May 23 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde sightseeing planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 6:
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

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