60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Durban
Fly:  34​h
1
Playas del Coco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Tamarindo
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Nosara
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Monteverde
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Puntarenas
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
San Jose
— 5 nights
bus + taxi:  3​h 30​min
7
Tortuguero
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
8
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
9
Uvita
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 7 nights
Fly:  34​h
End: Durban

4
nights
Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco and Hidden Garden Art Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at Zipline and Rincon de La Vieja National Park. Step out of Playas del Coco to go to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste and see Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. Spend the 5th (Tue) exploring nature at Palo Verde National Park. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Playa Hermosa, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

To find photos and other tourist information, read Playas del Coco trip planner .

Durban, South Africa to Playas del Coco is an approximately 34-hour flight. Traveling from Durban to Playas del Coco, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, Playas del Coco is a bit warmer than Durban - with highs of 38°C and lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Province of Guanacaste, Liberia, Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, Playa Hermosa
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Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Zipline
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

7
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Visit Tamarindo Beach and Cesar Adventure for some beach relaxation. Visiting Fishing Charters & Tours and Playa Avellana will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo). Spend the 13th (Wed) exploring nature at Las Baulas National Marine Park. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo itinerary builder .

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nosara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Playa Conchal, Cesar Adventure, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Las Baulas National Marine Park
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 13:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

5
nights
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Discover out-of-the-way places like SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary and The Ara Project. Relax by the water at Barrigona Beach and Samara Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to San Juanillo Beach (in San Juanillo) and Playa Samara (Belen Waterfall & Koss Art Gallery). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, try for a hole-in-one at Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones).

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nosara online journey builder .

Drive from Tamarindo to Nosara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Nosara are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Nosara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Samara, The Ara Project, San Juanillo Beach
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
The Ara Project ©
The Ara Project
Horseback Riding Tours

7
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 Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Zipline. Step off the beaten path and head to The Bat Jungle and Viento Fresco Waterfall. Explore Monteverde's surroundings by going to La Reserva Forest Reserve (in Tilaran) and Centro de Rescate Las Pumas (in Canas). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take a peaceful walk through Children's Eternal Rain Forest, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde day trip tool .

You can drive from Nosara to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Tilaran, Centro de Rescate Las Pumas
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 25:
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Zipline

5
nights
Puntarenas

A major port city with a busy fish market, for most tourists Puntarenas represents little more than the launching point for ferries heading to the pleasant beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Neo Fauna. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Carara National Park and Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Punta Arenas: Jaco (Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls & Tico Pod Art House & Gifts), Dantica Gallery (in Herradura) and Bridge Over Rio Tarcoles (in Tarcoles). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Punta Arenas trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Punta Arenas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Puntarenas

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Jaco, Herradura, Tarcoles, Carara National Park
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 30:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park
Neo Fauna ©
Neo Fauna

5
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to La Paz Waterfall Gardens and River Rafting & Tubing. Visit Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles) and Ruinas de Ujarras for their historical value. Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Ruins of the Church of Carthage (in Cartago), Alajuela (Souvenir Museum & Zoo Ave) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, look for gifts at Chieton Moren, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and have fun and explore at Museo de los Ninos.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Jose trip planner.

You can drive from Punta Arenas to San Jose in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to take a shuttle to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cartago, Alajuela, Poas Volcano, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 5:
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National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): surround yourself with nature on Tortuguero Adventures and then examine the collection at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

Plan a trip to Tortuguero easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Getting from San Jose to Tortuguero by shuttle takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can take a shuttle to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Wildlife Nature Parks
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 8:
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Tortuguero Adventures ©
Tortuguero Adventures

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Playa Chiquita and Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica. Step out of the city life by going to Playa Cocles and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, appreciate the extensive heritage of Nature Park Walk, explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Observatorio.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary builder site .

Take a shuttle from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Tortuguero in July since evenings lows in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cahuita, Manzanillo
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 13:
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita

4
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Uvita Waterfall. Visiting Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Uvita Beach will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Uvita sightseeing site .

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Dominical
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

4
nights
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Biesanz and Playa Manuel Antonio. Discover out-of-the-way places like Zipline and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Rainmaker Park in Parrita (about 44 minutes away). Make the 21st (Sat) an awe-inspiring day at Naturalist Michael Araya Flores. There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, look for gifts at Meli Melo Boutique, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Quepos, Rainmaker Park
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 21:
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Zipline
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park

7
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Butterfly Conservatory and Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Ecocentro Danaus. Take a break from La Fortuna de San Carlos with a short trip to Arenal Eco Zoo in El Castillo, about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, El Castillo
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs

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