59 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

59 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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59 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Chicago
Fly:  9​h
Tamarindo
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 13 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Cano Negro
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Tortuguero
— 3 nights
shuttle:  5​h
Cahuita
— 5 nights
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
Drake Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Manuel Antonio
— 7 nights
taxi + Fly:  9​h 45​min
Chicago

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 Playa Nacascolo. Step out of Tamarindo to go to Playa Conchal and see Playa Conchal, which is approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana, look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Park, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and kick back and relax at Playa Ocotal.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo driving holiday tool .

Chicago, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in March; daily highs in Tamarindo reach 94°F and lows reach 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Nacascolo, Las Baulas National Marine Park, Playa Ocotal, Playa Conchal, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

5
days
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Step out of the city life by going to Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja and Rincon de La Vieja National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Area de Conservacion Guanacaste: Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco (in Playas del Coco), Playa Hermosa (Playa Hermosa & Playa Hermosa Turismo Rural Comunitario) and Rio Negro Hot Springs (in Rincon de La Vieja).

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Area de Conservacion Guanacaste travel route website .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste takes 2 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste can reach 94°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

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

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Samara Beach and SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary. Get out of town with these interesting Playa Samara side-trips: Curu National Wildlife Refuge (in Nicoya), The Ara Project (in Punta Islita) and Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) (in Nosara). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Barrigona Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and admire all the interesting features of Kingfisher Sportfishing.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Playa Samara in 3 hours. In March in Playa Samara, expect temperatures between 94°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Nosara, Curu National Wildlife Refuge, 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

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Zipline. Step out of Monteverde with an excursion to Viento Fresco Waterfall in Tilaran--about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, take a peaceful walk through Children's Eternal Rain Forest, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, and admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas).

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Viento Fresco Waterfall
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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 outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Tabacon Hot Springs. 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). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online attractions planner .

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Cano Negro.

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)

3
days
Cano Negro

Cano Negro ©
Go for a jaunt from Cano Negro to Quesada to see Catedral de Ciudad Quesada about 54 minutes away.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cano Negro online holiday builder .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cano Negro in an hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 66°F. On the 7th (Sat), you're off toTortuguero.

Things to do in Cano Negro

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Catedral de Ciudad Quesada, Bio Thermales Hot Springs
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Bio Thermales Hot Springs ©
Bio Thermales Hot Springs
Catedral de Ciudad Quesada ©
Catedral de Ciudad Quesada

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then choose your vessel at Tortuguero Adventures.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cano Negro to Tortuguero. In April, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the shuttle to Cahuita.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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

4
days
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Take a break from the city and head to Cahuita National Park and Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Chiquita (in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca) and Nature Observatorio (in Manzanillo). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach, view the masterpieces at Luluberlu Art Gallery, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, and look for all kinds of wild species at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cahuita trip builder tool .

Traveling by shuttle from Tortuguero to Cahuita takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Tortuguero to Cahuita is 1 hour. Traveling from Tortuguero in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Cahuita, with lows around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Cahuita

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then get impressive views of Poas Volcano. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Refugio de Vida Silvestre Bosque Alegre and then identify plant and animal life at Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Vara Blanca trip planner .

Getting from Cahuita to Vara Blanca by combination of bus, taxi, and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Cahuita to Vara Blanca is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cahuita in April, you will find days in Vara Blanca are somewhat warmer (86°F), and nights are a bit cooler (66°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, Refugio de Vida Silvestre Bosque Alegre, Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park, Poas Volcano
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Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

3
days
Drake Bay

Drake Bay ©
Get in touch with nature at Cano Island and Scuba & Snorkeling. Spend the 20th (Fri) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Drake Bay driving holiday planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Vara Blanca to Drake Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

#Wildlife, #Tours, #Outdoors
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Cano Island ©
Cano Island
Dolphin & Whale Watching

7
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.
Take a break from the city and head to MidWorld Costa Rica and Playa Biesanz. Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical), Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita) and Hacienda Baru (in Guapil). Spend the 24th (Tue) on the water with a fishing tour. Pack the 21st (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Rancho Tipico Don Juan. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

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You can drive from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. April in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 67°F at night. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

Quepos, Dominical, Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
River Rafting & Tubing

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