60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Reykjavik
+4
Shuttle + Fly + Shuttle + Foot + Shuttle:  16 h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 8 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Tamarindo
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Playa Samara
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Monteverde
— 7 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
7
Drake Bay
— 5 nights
Drive:  7 h 45 min
8
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
9
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
10
Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
11
San Jose
— 7 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  15 h 45 min
End: Reykjavik

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: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning website.

Reykjavik, Iceland to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 19.5- hour combination of shuttle and flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Reykjavik to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

4
nights
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Change things up with a short trip to Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge in Cuajiniquil (about 2h 45 min away). Spend the 28th (Fri) among the fascinating landscape of Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Area de Conservacion Guanacaste tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge
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Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Miravalles Volcano ©
Miravalles Volcano
Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge ©
Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge

7
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.
Explore Tamarindo's surroundings by going to Playa Conchal (Playa Conchal & Garra de Leon Golf Course), Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa) and Gulf of Papagayo (Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica Golf Course & Playa Nacascolo). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, and get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Tamarindo takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Gulf of Papagayo, Playas del coco, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Playa Hermosa
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

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: Nicoya (Barra Honda National Park & Curu National Wildlife Refuge), Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure) and Nosara (MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll through Samara Beach, admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, kick back and relax at Playa Buena Vista, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Playa Samara online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Nosara, Nicoya, Jungle Butterfly Farm, Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project
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Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Playa Guiones ©
Playa Guiones

7
nights
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.
When in Monteverde, make a side trip to see Guacimal River Bridge 2 in Puntarenas, approximately Puntarenas away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, and kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde online trip planner.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Monteverde in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Guacimal River Bridge 2
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita), Dominical (Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store & Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary) and Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, &more). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Kokopelli, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

Plan trip to Manuel Antonio with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Jaco, Quepos, Dominical, Kokopelli, Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 27:
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Zipline

5
nights
Drake Bay

Drake Bay ©
Take a break from Drake Bay with a short trip to Corcovado National Park in Carate, about 2h 45 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 29th (Sun) at Cano Island.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Drake Bay road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Corcovado National Park
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Cano Island ©
Cano Island
Corcovado National Park ©
Corcovado National Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
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: take a memorable tour with Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio, Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 6:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

1
night
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 7th (Tue), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero trip maker site.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then stroll through Tirimbina Biological Reserve.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca online trip planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Vara Blanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

La Virgen, Poas Volcano
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Tirimbina Biological Reserve ©
Tirimbina Biological Reserve
Kayaking & Canoeing

7
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Zoo Ave (in Alajuela), Cartago (Solo Rosas, Ruins of the Church of Carthage, &more) and Else Kientzler Botanical Garden (in Sarchi). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Irazu Volcano National Park, cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica, get outside with Tuanis Experiences, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Toucan Rescue Ranch.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Jose trip planner.

You can drive from Vara Blanca to San Jose in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

Cartago, Toucan Rescue Ranch, Avenida Escazu, Zoo Ave, Irazu Volcano National Park
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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