60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
San Jose
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turrialba
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Tortuguero
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
Tamarindo
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Santa Teresa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Playa Samara
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Monteverde
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 14 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Chicago

9
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.
Shop till you drop at Galeria Namu and Chieton Moren. Get in touch with nature at La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Poas Volcano. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro), Alajuela (Souvenir Museum, Zoo Ave, & more) and Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro (in Sarchi). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, contemplate the long history of Ruinas de Ujarras, get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

Start your trip to San Jose by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Chicago, USA to San Jose is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Chicago in February, with highs in San Jose at 79°F and lows at 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Turrialba.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Alajuela, Cocos Island National Park, J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 26:
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Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

3
nights
Turrialba

Turrialba ©
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Guayabo National Park and Monument and Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles). Get outdoors at Costa Rica Experience and Serendipity Adventures Horseback Riding Day Trip. Venture out of the city with trips to Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago), Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum (in Orosi) and El Copal Reserve (in Pejibaye).

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Getting from San Jose to Turrialba by car takes about 2 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 65°F. On the 1st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Turrialba

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Cartago, Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum, El Copal Reserve
Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 1:
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4
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tortuguero National Park and Tortuguero Adventures. Take a break from Tortuguero with a short trip to Rainforest Adventures in Guapiles, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero road trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Turrialba to Tortuguero. In March, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. You'll set off for Tamarindo on the 5th (Mon).

Things to do in Tortuguero

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Rainforest Adventures
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Tortuguero Adventures ©
Tortuguero Adventures
Rainforest Adventures ©
Rainforest Adventures

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Conchal. Step out of the city life by going to Playa Avellana and Llanos de Cortez Waterfall. Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa) and El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring nature at Las Baulas National Marine Park. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo tour itinerary maker app .

Getting from Tortuguero to Tamarindo by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, flight, and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tortuguero in March: highs in Tamarindo hover around 94°F, while lows dip to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Playa Conchal, Playa Hermosa, Las Baulas National Marine Park
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
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.
Visit Playa Santa Teresa and Playa Carmen for some beach relaxation. Visiting Playa Hermosa and Isla de Cabuya will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Teresa side-trips: Montezuma (Montezuma Falls & Spas & Wellness) and Tortuga Island (in Paquera). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa trip planning site .

Getting from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Montezuma
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

5
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.
Relax by the water at Samara Beach and Barrigona Beach. Visiting Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) and Puerto Carrillo will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playa Samara: Nicoya (Barra Honda National Park, Casa de Arte, Curime, & more) and SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary (in Nosara). There's more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Koss Art Gallery and explore and take pictures at Kingfisher Sportfishing.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Playa Samara road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Playa Samara, expect temperatures between 94°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Curi Cancha Reserve. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santa Elena Skywalk and Ecological Sanctuary. Get out of town with these interesting Monteverde side-trips: Centro de Rescate Las Pumas (in Canas) and Viento Fresco Waterfall (in Tilaran). There's much more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, view the masterpieces at Art House, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and kick back and relax at Playa Blanca ( White Beach ).

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde holiday builder website .

Drive from Playa Samara to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Viento Fresco Waterfall, Playa Blanca ( White Beach ), Centro de Rescate Las Pumas
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 28:
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

14
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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and La Fortuna Waterfall will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting La Fortuna de San Carlos side-trips: El Castillo (Arenal Eco Zoo & Butterfly Conservatory) and Rio Celeste (in Tenorio Volcano National Park). Next up on the itinerary: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning app .

Drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, El Castillo, Rio Celeste
Find places to stay Mar 28 — Apr 11:
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

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.
Visit Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at MidWorld Costa Rica and River Rafting & Tubing. Venture out of the city with trips to Hacienda Baru (in Guapil) and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita). Pack the 15th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Rancho Tipico Don Juan. The adventure continues: relax in the rural setting at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In April, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, Hacienda Baru
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 17:
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

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