60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Copenhagen
+2
Fly + Bus + Taxi:  24 h
1
Monteverde
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 8 nights
Drive:  5 h
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 6 nights
Bus:  4 h
4
San Jose
— 5 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Jaco
— 6 nights
Ferry + Bus:  1 h 30 min
7
Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Playa Samara
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Tamarindo
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
10
Quebrada Grande
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  22 h 45 min
End: Copenhagen

7
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa. Get some cultural insight at Sarah's Gallery and Santa Elena Skywalk. Change things up with these side-trips from Monteverde: Viento Fresco Waterfall (in Tilaran) and Catedral de Puntarenas (in Puntarenas). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, and take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde driving holiday planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Monteverde is an approximately 19- hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Puntarenas, Viento Fresco Waterfall
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Viento Fresco Waterfall ©
Viento Fresco Waterfall
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena

8
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Paradise Hot Springs and Butterfly Conservatory. Step out of the city life by going to Tabacon Hot Springs and Ecocentro Danaus. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Rio Celeste in Tenorio Volcano National Park, approximately Tenorio Volcano National Park away. There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. On the 22nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory, Rio Celeste
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus

6
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Veragua Rainforest Park and Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nature Park Walk and Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Cocles, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, stroll through Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, and admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca travel route planning tool.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Puerto Limon, Cahuita, Nature Park Walk
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita ©
La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita

5
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.
Get outdoors at Poas Volcano and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion and Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles. There's lots more to do: have fun and explore at Museo de los Ninos, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana), and take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Jose tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles
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Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles ©
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and Super Joseth. Relax by the water at Uvita Beach and Playa Biesanz. Step out of Manuel Antonio with an excursion to Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store in Dominical--about 48 minutes away. Spend the 8th (Thu) on the water with a fishing tour. There's still lots to do: whizz through the canopy at MidWorld Costa Rica, stop by House of Cigars, get interesting insight from Tours, and hunt for treasures at Farmers Fair (Ferias del Agricultor).

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by bus from San Jose to Manuel Antonio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Quepos, Uvita Beach, Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

6
nights
Jaco

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Horseback Riding Tours. Do your shopping at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts and Dantica Gallery. Spend the 11th (Sun) exploring nature at Carara National Park. And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Jaco Beach, take a memorable tour with Tours, and admire the sheer force of Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Jaco trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Tarcoles, Dantica Gallery, Carara National Park
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Horseback Riding Tours
Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa Hermosa and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Escape the urban bustle at Playa Carmen and Playa Santa Teresa. Step out of Santa Teresa to go to Montezuma and see Montezuma Falls, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, get a taste of life in the country at Sunrise Ranch, and stop by Tica Surf Bikinis.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Jaco to Santa Teresa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sunrise Ranch, Montezuma Falls
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen

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.
Let the collections at Koss Art Gallery and MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY capture your imagination. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Barrigona Beach and Playa Guiones. Get out of town with these interesting Playa Samara side-trips: Nosara (Spas & Wellness, Nativa Gallery, &more). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Samara Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at dondeJavitours, take a tour of Kingfisher Sportfishing, and hunt for treasures at Samara Farmers Market.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Playa Samara driving holiday website.

Drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Nosara
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Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary

7
nights
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 Playa Hermosa and Playa Conchal. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Las Baulas National Marine Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Hidden Garden Art Gallery (in Liberia) and Playas del Coco (Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, &more). And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Lydia Beech Art Boutique, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, and stop by Azul Profundo Boutique.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Playa Samara to Tamarindo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Quebrada Grande.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Playa Conchal, Hidden Garden Art Gallery, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Playa Hermosa
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
River Rafting & Tubing

4
nights
Quebrada Grande

Quebrada Grande ©
Get outdoors at Rincon de La Vieja National Park and Four Seasons Golf Club. Step off the beaten path and head to Playa Rajada and Sea Star CR Sport Fishing and Adventure Tours.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Quebrada Grande online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Quebrada Grande in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Quebrada Grande

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Rincon de La Vieja National Park, Playa Rajada
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Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Playa Rajada ©
Playa Rajada
Sea Star CR Sport Fishing and Adventure Tours ©

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