60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Chicago
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  9​h 45​min
Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h
Carate
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
shuttle:  5​h
Tortuguero
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + bus:  5​h 45​min
Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 14 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Playa Samara
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Tamarindo
— 8 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  9​h
End: Chicago

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.
Get outdoors at Playa Manuel Antonio and MidWorld Costa Rica. Venture out of the city with trips to Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita) and Hacienda Baru (in Guapil). Pack the 12th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Rancho Tipico Don Juan. The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, relax in the rural setting at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, and get outside with Barraba's Surf.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio vacation planner .

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. In February, Manuel Antonio is much hotter than Chicago - with highs of 79°F and lows of 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Carate.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trips

Hacienda Baru, Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Carate

Carate ©
On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Cano Island.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Carate itinerary planning site .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Carate by car takes about 5.5 hours. On the 16th (Fri), you're off toPuerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Carate

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Cano Island
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Cano Island ©
Cano Island

5
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.
Get outdoors at Cahuita National Park and Puerto Viejo Beach. Visit Playa Cocles and Playa Chiquita for some beach relaxation. When in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, make a side trip to see Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica in Cahuita, approximately 40 minutes away. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Observatorio and admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

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You can drive from Carate to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 11.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In February in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 81°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for the shuttle ride to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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 Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then tour the water at your own pace with Tortuguero Adventures.

Make your Tortuguero itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by shuttle from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 65°F in Tortuguero. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Refugio de Vida Silvestre Cerro Dantas. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park and then admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Vara Blanca attractions planning site .

Do a combination of shuttle and bus from Tortuguero to Vara Blanca in 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in February, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Refugio de Vida Silvestre Cerro Dantas, Souvenir Museum, Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park, Poas Volcano
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Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

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. Change things up with these side-trips from La Fortuna de San Carlos: El Castillo (Butterfly Conservatory & Arenal Eco Zoo) and Rio Celeste (in Tenorio Volcano National Park). There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecocentro Danaus, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and identify plant and animal life at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can 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
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 Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. Get out of town with these interesting Monteverde side-trips: Tilaran (Waterfall la Piedra del Indio & Viento Fresco Waterfall). There's lots more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take a peaceful walk through Children's Eternal Rain Forest, identify plant and animal life at Curi Cancha Reserve, and take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Tilaran
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Santa Teresa and Tortuga Island. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Hermosa and Playa Carmen. Step out of Santa Teresa with an excursion to Montezuma Falls in Montezuma--about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stop by Tica Surf Bikinis.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Santa Teresa trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Santa Teresa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, ferry, and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

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

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.
Visit Samara Beach and Barrigona Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) and The Ara Project. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playa Samara: Nicoya (Barra Honda National Park, Puerto Carrillo, & more) and SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary (in Nosara). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Playa Samara tour itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Playa Samara can reach 94°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Playa Samara

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Nicoya, Nosara, The Ara Project
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

5
nights
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Take a break from the city and head to Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja and Playa Hermosa. Get out of town with these interesting Area de Conservacion Guanacaste side-trips: Playas del Coco (Sea Hag Clothing, Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, & more) and Rio Negro Hot Springs (in Rincon de La Vieja).

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Playa Samara to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in 3 hours. March in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste sees daily highs of 94°F and lows of 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

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

8
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tamarindo Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. We've included these beaches for you: Playa Conchal and Playa Ocotal. Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Playa Nacascolo (in Gulf of Papagayo) and Garra de Leon Golf Course (in Playa Conchal). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, explore the striking landscape of Las Baulas National Marine Park, play a few rounds at Hacienda Pinilla Golf Club, and have some family-friendly fun at Bolas Locas Mini Golf.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Tamarindo in 2 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 94°F, and evening lows to 71°F. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Playa Ocotal, Playa Nacascolo, Las Baulas National Marine Park, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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