45 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

45 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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45 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose
bus:  4​h
1
Playas del Coco
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
4
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
5
San Jose
— 5 nights
bus:  3​h
6
Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Monteverde
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Playa Samara
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Tamarindo
— 5 nights
End: San Jose

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Playas del Coco: Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, & more) and Liberia (Church of La Ermita La Agonia & Nahua). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Rincon de La Vieja National Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Playas del Coco trip tool .

San Jose to Playas del Coco is an approximately 4-hour bus ride. You can also drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Liberia, Playa Hermosa, Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 22:
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Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, identify plant and animal life at Proyecto Asis, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 29:
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
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.
On the 30th (Wed), learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park. Keep things going the next day: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Tours
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 31:
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

4
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.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is known for beaches, shopping, spas, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park, get your game on at Yesland Mini Golf, kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Puerto Viejo Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Cahuita, Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Nature Observatorio
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 4:
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Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca), Cartago (Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles & Jardin Botanico Lankester) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Irazu Volcano National Park, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Jose trip planner .

You can take a bus from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. November in San Jose sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Cartago, Bol Cariari, Irazu Volcano National Park, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Poas Volcano
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers, Zipline, & more) and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, take a memorable tour with Tours, explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park, and walk around Parque Nahomi.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip builder app .

You can take a bus from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Jaco, Quepos, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 14:
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Zipline
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park

6
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Monteverde: Piedra de Fuego (in Esparza), Finca El Paraiso (in Los Tornos) and Guacimal River Bridge 2 (in Puntarenas). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Monteverde road trip planner .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Guacimal River Bridge 2, Middle Earth Thermal Springs, Piedra de Fuego, Finca El Paraiso
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 20:
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Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Playa Samara: Playa Islita (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste), Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure) and Nosara (Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, & more). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Samara Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at dondeJavitours, kick back and relax at Puerto Carrillo, and explore the striking landscape of Barra Honda National Park.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara online tour itinerary maker .

Getting from Monteverde to Playa Samara by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Nosara, Nicoya, Playa Islita, Jungle Butterfly Farm
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 25:
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Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (Playa Conchal & Garra de Leon Golf Course) and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo). The adventure continues: stroll through Tamarindo Beach, identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park, enjoy some diversion at Tamarindo Tennis Club, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo travel planner .

You can drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 30:
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

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