60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

6
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.
Step out of Monteverde to go to Puntarenas and see Guacimal River Bridge 2, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and explore and take pictures at Ecological Sanctuary.

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

New York City, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 11- hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Monteverde. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Guacimal River Bridge 2
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 22:
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

4
nights
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Go for a jaunt from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Cuajiniquil to see Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge about 44 minutes away. Spend the 24th (Tue) among the fascinating landscape of Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Area de Conservacion Guanacaste holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 26:
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Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Miravalles Volcano ©
Miravalles Volcano
Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge ©
Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nosara (SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, &more), Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure) and Barra Honda National Park (in Nicoya). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stroll through Barrigona Beach, and take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Playa Samara journey site.

Traveling by car from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Playa Samara takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Nosara, Playa Garza, Jungle Butterfly Farm, Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project, Barra Honda National Park
Find places to stay Mar 26 — Apr 1:
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Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Cataratas Llanos de Cortes (in Bagaces), Playa Conchal (Garra de Leon Golf Course & Playa Conchal) and Liberia (Costa Rica'n Art Craft & Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria). There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, kick back and relax at Playa Nacascolo, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip maker.

Drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Liberia, Gulf of Papagayo, Playa Hermosa, Cataratas Llanos de Cortes
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 8:
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

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.
On the 9th (Thu), get impressive views of Poas Volcano and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the verdant scenery at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ) and then admire the sheer force of Los Chorros Waterfalls.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Poas Volcano National Park trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Tamarindo to Poas Volcano National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Los Chorros Waterfalls, Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ), Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 10:
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Los Chorros Waterfalls ©
Los Chorros Waterfalls
Orosi River Valley  ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ) ©
Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi )

9
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.
Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tenorio Volcano National Park to see Rio Celeste about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder app.

You can drive from Poas Volcano National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Rio Celeste
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 19:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs

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 20th (Mon), take a memorable tour with Tours, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park, and then get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip planning app.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. April in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 20:
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy
Kayaking & Canoeing

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: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, stroll through Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla, and enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Drake Bay.

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 20 — 25:
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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 ©
Step out of Drake Bay to go to Carate and see Corcovado National Park, which is approximately 2h 45 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 28th (Tue) at Cano Island.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Drake Bay journey website.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Corcovado National Park
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 30:
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Cano Island ©
Cano Island
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching

7
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.
Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Dominical (Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary & Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store), Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers, Zipline, &more) and Uvita (Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge & Parque Nacional Marino Ballena). There's lots more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ventanas, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can drive from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Jaco, Dominical, Quepos, Uvita, Playa Ventanas
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 7:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Zipline
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio

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.
Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Cartago (Ruins of the Church of Carthage, Jardin Botanico Lankester, &more), Else Kientzler Botanical Garden (in Sarchi) and Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro). There's much more to do: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica, and contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read San Jose trip builder.

You can take a bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In May, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 67°F. On the 14th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

Cartago, Alajuela, Else Kientzler Botanical Garden, Irazu Volcano National Park, Toucan Rescue Ranch
Find places to stay May 7 — 14:
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Photography Tours
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park

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