60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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

7
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.
Appreciate the collections at Galeria Namu and Jade Museum. Head to Chieton Moren and Central Market (Mercado Central)for some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro), La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, don't miss a visit to Mercado Nacional de Artesanias, take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), and head off the coast to Cocos Island National Park.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Jose trip planner .

Chicago, USA to San Jose is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in February; daily highs in San Jose reach 79°F and lows reach 65°F. On the 16th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Zoo Ave, Poas Volcano, Toucan Rescue Ranch, Cocos Island National Park, Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch

5
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.
Relax by the water at Puerto Viejo Beach and Playa Cocles. Get outdoors at Cahuita National Park and Playa Chiquita. Get out of town with these interesting Puerto Viejo de Talamanca side-trips: Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica (in Cahuita) and Sixaola Bridge (in Sixaola). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Observatorio, admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, and view the masterpieces at Luluberlu Art Gallery.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca when traveling from San Jose in February, with lows around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to take a shuttle to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Cahuita, Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Sixaola Bridge, 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.
On the 22nd (Thu), choose your vessel at Tortuguero Adventures. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Tortuguero National Park.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tortuguero route planning website .

You can take a shuttle from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in February, plan for little chillier nights in Tortuguero, with lows around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Tortuguero

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

5
days
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Visiting Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja and El Viejo Wetlands will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste: Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa), Playas del Coco (Sea Hag Clothing, Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, & more) and Rio Negro Hot Springs (in Rincon de La Vieja).

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Explore your travel options from Tortuguero to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste with the Route module. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Tortuguero in February; daily highs in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste reach 93°F and lows reach 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Tamarindo.

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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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

6
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.
Visiting Tamarindo Beach and Playa Ocotal will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Conchal and Playa Nacascolo. Spend the 7th (Wed) exploring nature at Las Baulas National Marine Park. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana, stop by Diamante Boutique, tee off at Hacienda Pinilla Golf Club, and explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip builder .

Drive from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 94°F in March, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Las Baulas National Marine Park, Playa Nacascolo, Playa Ocotal, Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, then kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa, and then look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Playa Carmen and then admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa holiday app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to 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
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). Visit Barrigona Beach and Puerto Carrillo for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Nicoya (Casa de Arte, Curime, Curu National Wildlife Refuge, & more) and SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary (in Nosara). It doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall and admire all the interesting features of Kingfisher Sportfishing.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara visit planner.

Drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Nicoya, Nosara
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

7
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.
Shop till you drop at Hummingbird Gallery and Art House. Get in touch with nature at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Zipline. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monteverde: Tilaran (Viento Fresco Waterfall & Cataratas Viento Fresco). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Curi Cancha Reserve, meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, and take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas).

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Monteverde trip app .

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Tilaran, Playa Blanca ( White Beach )
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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 La Fortuna Waterfall. Explore La Fortuna de San Carlos' surroundings by going to El Castillo (Butterfly Conservatory & Arenal Eco Zoo) and Rio Celeste (in Tenorio Volcano National Park). There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, and stop by Souvenir Leo.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (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)

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Shop till you drop at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and Super Joseth. Venture out of the city with trips to Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita) and Hacienda Baru (in Guapil). Pack the 7th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Rancho Tipico Don Juan. There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at MidWorld Costa Rica, stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, get interesting insight from Tours, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. April in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 67°F at night. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Adventure

Side Trips

Hacienda Baru, Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

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