60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Chicago
Fly:  9​h
Tamarindo
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Nicoya
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 12 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Uvita
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Carate
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
shuttle:  5​h
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
shuttle:  3​h 30​min
San Jose
— 6 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
Chicago

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Tamarindo Beach and Las Baulas National Marine Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Playa Nacascolo (in Gulf of Papagayo). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip itinerary planning website .

Chicago, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in February, with highs in Tamarindo at 93°F and lows at 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Playa Nacascolo, Las Baulas National Marine Park
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
days
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Get outdoors at Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja and Llanos de Cortez Waterfall. Explore Area de Conservacion Guanacaste's surroundings by going to Hotel La Flor de Itabo Resort & Casino (in Playas del Coco), Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa) and Rio Negro Hot Springs (in Rincon de La Vieja).

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste trip planner .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in 2 hours. In February in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, expect temperatures between 93°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Nicoya.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Hotel La Flor de Itabo Resort & Casino, 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

5
days
Nicoya

Nicoya ©
Step out of the city life by going to Samara Beach and SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nicoya: Nosara (Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, & more) and Playa Samara (Belen Waterfall & Barrigona Beach). Spend the 28th (Wed) exploring nature at Palo Verde National Park. Spend the 2nd (Fri) exploring nature at Barra Honda National Park. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Casa de Arte, Curime and stroll through Puerto Carrillo.

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You can drive from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Nicoya in 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Nicoya are 93°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Nicoya

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Nosara, Playa Samara, Palo Verde National Park
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach

6
days
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. For shopping fun, head to Hummingbird Gallery or Art House. Step out of Monteverde with an excursion to Viento Fresco Waterfall in Tilaran--about 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Theme Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk.

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Drive from Nicoya to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Viento Fresco Waterfall
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

12
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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and La Fortuna Waterfall will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from La Fortuna de San Carlos: Rio Celeste (in Tenorio Volcano National Park) and El Castillo (Arenal Eco Zoo & Butterfly Conservatory). There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the natural beauty of Eco Termales Hot Springs, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday builder tool .

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) 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
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

6
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.
Head to Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and Beso Loco Boutique de Playafor plenty of shopping. Take a break from the city and head to Playa Manuel Antonio and Barraba's Surf. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Parrita (Rainmaker Park & Palo Seco Beach). Pack the 25th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Rancho Tipico Don Juan. There's lots more to do: see MidWorld Costa Rica, look for gifts at House of Cigars, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In March, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Parrita, Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
River Rafting & Tubing

5
days
Uvita

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Get in touch with nature at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and Uvita Beach. There's lots more to do: ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, view the masterpieces at Magic Ananda, and identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Uvita itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Carate.

Things to do in Uvita

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Dominical, Chirripo National Park, Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
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Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru
Chirripo National Park ©
Chirripo National Park

1
day
Carate

Carate ©
On the 1st (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Cano Island.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Carate trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Uvita to Carate takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Carate

#Nature, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trip

Cano Island
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Cano Island ©
Cano Island

4
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.
Get outdoors at Cahuita National Park and Playa Cocles. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla, and view the masterpieces at Luluberlu Art Gallery.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip builder app .

You can drive from Carate to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 11.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Carate to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca due to the time zone difference. In April, daily temperatures in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can take a shuttle to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Tortuguero holiday builder website .

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero by shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in April, Tortuguero is little chillier at night with lows of 67°F. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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

5
days
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 in touch with nature at Poas Volcano and Irazu Volcano National Park. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Galeria Namu and Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca) and Zoo Ave (in Alajuela). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Chieton Moren, head off the coast to Cocos Island National Park, take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), and explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose route planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Tortuguero to San Jose takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in April, and nighttime lows around 67°F. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, Zoo Ave, Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Irazu Volcano National Park
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing

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