57 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

57 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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57 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita) and Hacienda Baru (in Guapil). Spend the 13th (Tue) on the water with a fishing tour. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica, head outdoors with Barraba's Surf, get a taste of the local shopping with Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other 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. Traveling from Chicago in February, expect Manuel Antonio to be warmer, temps between 79°F and 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Carate.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

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

2
days
Carate

Carate ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Cano Island. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Escondido Trex.

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You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Carate in 5.5 hours. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Carate

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Cano Island, Escondido Trex
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Cano Island ©
Cano Island

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Puerto Viejo Beach and Playa Chiquita. Escape the urban bustle at Cahuita National Park and Nature Observatorio. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, take in the exciting artwork at Luluberlu Art Gallery, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, and stroll through Playa Cocles.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Carate to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 11.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In February, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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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

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 23rd (Fri), tour the water at your own pace with Tortuguero Adventures. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero journey builder site .

Traveling by shuttle from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Tortuguero, with lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

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You can do a combination of shuttle and bus from Tortuguero to Vara Blanca in 6 hours. In February, daytime highs in Vara Blanca are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

13
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.
Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and La Fortuna Waterfall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near La Fortuna de San Carlos: El Castillo (Butterfly Conservatory & Arenal Eco Zoo) and Rio Celeste (in Tenorio Volcano National Park). And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

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)

6
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 in touch with nature at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. Explore Monteverde's surroundings by going to Tilaran (Viento Fresco Waterfall & Cataratas Viento Fresco). Next up on the itinerary: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Monteverde trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

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Tilaran
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

3
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Santa Teresa and Playa Hermosa. Escape the urban bustle at Montezuma Falls and Isla de Cabuya. There's more to do: stroll through Playa Carmen and stop by Tica Surf Bikinis.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Santa Teresa online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Monteverde to Santa Teresa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, ferry, and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Montezuma Falls, Isla de Cabuya
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls

4
days
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Samara Beach and SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary. Relax by the water at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) and Playa Manzanillo. Explore Playa Samara's surroundings by going to The Ara Project (in Punta Islita) and Nicoya (Puerto Carrillo & Barra Honda National Park). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach, explore and take pictures at Kingfisher Sportfishing, and take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Playa Samara tour planner .

Getting from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 94°F, and evening lows to 71°F. On the 25th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Playa Samara

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Nicoya, Nosara, The Ara Project
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach

5
days
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Take a break from the city and head to Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja and Playa Hermosa. Explore Area de Conservacion Guanacaste's surroundings by going to Playas del Coco (Sea Hag Clothing, Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, & more) and Rio Negro Hot Springs (in Rincon de La Vieja).

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Area de Conservacion Guanacaste trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Playa Samara to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in 3 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste can reach 94°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Rio Negro Hot Springs, Rincon de La Vieja National Park, Playa Hermosa
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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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Conchal. Visiting Playa Avellana and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. Step out of Tamarindo with an excursion to Playa Nacascolo in Gulf of Papagayo--about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Ocotal, identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. March in Tamarindo sees daily highs of 94°F and lows of 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

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

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