60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Chicago
Fly + taxi:  9​h 45​min
Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Carate
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 7 nights
shuttle:  5​h
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 14 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h
Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Playa Samara
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
Tamarindo
— 8 nights
Fly:  9​h
Chicago

5
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.
Attractions like MidWorld Costa Rica and Playa Biesanz make great kid-friendly stops. Escape the urban bustle at Playa Manuel Antonio and Barraba's Surf. Make the 28th (Wed) an awe-inspiring day at Naturalist Michael Araya Flores. Pack the 27th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Rancho Tipico Don Juan. There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip app .

Chicago, USA to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Chicago in February: high temperatures in Manuel Antonio hover around 79°F and lows are around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Carate.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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Naturalist Michael Araya Flores
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
River Rafting & Tubing

2
days
Carate

Carate ©
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Cano Island.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Carate trip planner .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Carate in 5.5 hours. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Carate

#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife

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Cano Island
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Cano Island ©
Cano Island

6
days
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Puerto Viejo Beach and Playa Chiquita. Bring the kids along to Nature Observatorio and Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. When in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, make a side trip to see Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica in Cahuita, approximately 40 minutes away. Spend the 9th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park, view the masterpieces at Luluberlu Art Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles, and get your game on at Yesland Mini Golf.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online holiday planner .

You can drive from Carate to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 11.5 hours. Traveling from Carate to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to take a shuttle to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

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

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 10th (Sat): choose your vessel at Tortuguero Adventures. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Tortuguero National Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero holiday planner .

Traveling by shuttle from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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

1
day
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): take a peaceful walk through Bosques de Fraijanes and then contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Poas Volcano National Park trip tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and bus from Tortuguero to Poas Volcano National Park in 6.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Poas Volcano National Park can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors

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Bosques de Fraijanes
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

14
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.
Bring the kids along to Butterfly Conservatory and Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). Change things up with these side-trips from La Fortuna de San Carlos: Rio Celeste (in Tenorio Volcano National Park) and Arenal Eco Zoo (in El Castillo). There's lots more to do: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos journey planner .

Traveling by car from Poas Volcano National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

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)

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 Curi Cancha Reserve. Bring the kids along to Monteverde Frog Pond and Ecological Sanctuary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Monteverde: Tilaran (Viento Fresco Waterfall & Cataratas Viento Fresco). Next up on the itinerary: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), and look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde road trip site .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

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Tilaran
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

3
days
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 Hermosa for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Montezuma Falls and Isla de Cabuya. There's more to do: stroll through Playa Carmen and stop by Tica Surf Bikinis.

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Getting from Monteverde to Santa Teresa by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, ferry, and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Montezuma Falls, Isla de Cabuya
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls

4
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 Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones). We've included these beaches for you: Barrigona Beach and Puerto Carrillo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playa Samara: Nicoya (Casa de Arte, Curime & Barra Honda National Park) and SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary (in Nosara). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Werner Sauter Biological Reserve, admire all the interesting features of Kingfisher Sportfishing, and hunt for treasures at Samara Farmers Market.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Playa Samara journey planning tool .

Drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 95°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Playa Samara

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

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

5
days
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Get outdoors at Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja and El Viejo Wetlands. Change things up with these side-trips from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste: Playas del Coco (River Rafting & Tubing & Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts), Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa) and Rio Negro Hot Springs (in Rincon de La Vieja).

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste online travel planner .

Drive from Playa Samara to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in 3 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste can reach 95°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

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

7
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.
Family-friendly places like Tamarindo Beach and Playa Conchal will thrill your kids. Get outdoors at Playa Avellana and Playa Ocotal. Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Playa Nacascolo (in Gulf of Papagayo), Garra de Leon Golf Course (in Playa Conchal) and Costa Rica Sailing Center (in Playa Potrero). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park, and experience rural life at The Monkey Farm.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Tamarindo in 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Tamarindo are 95°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Playa Nacascolo, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Playa Ocotal, The Monkey Farm
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Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

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