60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Chicago
Fly:  11​h 30​min
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
Monteverde
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Cano Negro
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 13 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h
Carate
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Cahuita
— 5 nights
shuttle:  5​h
Tortuguero
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
Nosara
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
Tamarindo
— 8 nights
Fly:  9​h
Chicago

5
days
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Visiting Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja and Rincon de La Vieja National Park will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste: Rio Negro Hot Springs (in Rincon de La Vieja), Playa Hermosa (Playa Hermosa Turismo Rural Comunitario & Playa Hermosa) and Playas del Coco (Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco & Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts).

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Area de Conservacion Guanacaste trip itinerary planning tool .

Chicago, USA to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in March; daily highs in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste reach 94°F and lows reach 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. When in Monteverde, make a side trip to see Viento Fresco Waterfall in Tilaran, approximately 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, stop by Hummingbird Gallery, and take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas).

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde journey planner.

Drive from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Monteverde in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cano Negro.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Viento Fresco Waterfall
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

3
days
Cano Negro

Cano Negro ©
Change things up with a short trip to Catedral de Ciudad Quesada in Quesada (about 54 minutes away).

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cano Negro trip maker .

You can drive from Monteverde to Cano Negro in 4 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 65°F. On the 15th (Thu), you'll travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Cano Negro

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Catedral de Ciudad Quesada, Bio Thermales Hot Springs
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Bio Thermales Hot Springs ©
Bio Thermales Hot Springs
Catedral de Ciudad Quesada ©
Catedral de Ciudad Quesada

13
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.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near La Fortuna de San Carlos: El Castillo (Butterfly Conservatory & Arenal Eco Zoo) and Rio Celeste (in Tenorio Volcano National Park). There's much more to do: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, identify plant and animal life at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos journey builder app .

You can drive from Cano Negro to La Fortuna de San Carlos in an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can 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)

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.
Get in touch with nature at MidWorld Costa Rica and Playa Manuel Antonio. Get out of town with these interesting Manuel Antonio side-trips: Hacienda Baru (in Guapil) and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita). Spend the 1st (Sun) on the water with a fishing tour. There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Espadilla Norte, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip builder website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In March, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Carate.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Quepos, Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, Hacienda Baru
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MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing

2
days
Carate

Carate ©
On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Cano Island.

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Drive from Manuel Antonio to Carate in 5.5 hours. You will leave for Cahuita on the 5th (Thu).

Things to do in Carate

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Cano Island
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Cano Island ©
Cano Island

5
days
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Visiting Cahuita National Park and Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge will get you outdoors. Explore Cahuita's surroundings by going to Nature Observatorio (in Manzanillo) and Playa Chiquita (in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla, look for all kinds of wild species at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, and stroll through Playa Cocles.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cahuita planner .

You can drive from Carate to Cahuita in 11.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. April in Cahuita sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 79°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Cahuita

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

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

3
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.
Get outdoors at 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. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip itinerary builder app .

You can take a shuttle from Cahuita to Tortuguero in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and shuttle. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cahuita to Tortuguero due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cahuita in April, Tortuguero is slightly colder at night with lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Nosara.

Things to do in Tortuguero

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

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

4
days
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Take a break from the city and head to Samara Beach and Barrigona Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Nosara: Nicoya (Barra Honda National Park, Casa de Arte, Curime, & more) and The Ara Project (in Punta Islita). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), try for a hole-in-one at Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara, identify plant and animal life at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, and view the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY.

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Getting from Tortuguero to Nosara 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, flight, and car. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Tortuguero in April; daily highs in Nosara reach 95°F and lows reach 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Nosara

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

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

3
days
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca ©
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Get outdoors at La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Poas Volcano. Get out of town with these interesting Vara Blanca side-trips: Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum (in Alajuela), Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro) and Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park (in La Virgen). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Vara Blanca day trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Nosara to Vara Blanca takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Nosara in April: high temperatures in Vara Blanca hover around 86°F and lows are around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, Toucan Rescue Ranch, Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park, Precolumbian Gold Museum, Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum
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Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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.
Get in touch with nature at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Nacascolo. Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (Playa Conchal & Garra de Leon Golf Course). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana, tee off at Hacienda Pinilla Golf Club, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ocotal, and find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Vara Blanca to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Vara Blanca in April: high temperatures in Tamarindo hover around 95°F and lows are around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Province of Guanacaste, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Playa Nacascolo, Las Baulas National Marine Park
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

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