45 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

45 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

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
Drive:  4 h
4
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h 30 min
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
Drive:  4 h 30 min
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Playas del Coco side-trips: Liberia (Church of La Ermita La Agonia & Nahua) and Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rincon de La Vieja National Park, explore the galleries of Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and stroll through Playa Hermosa.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco route planner.

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) early enough 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
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Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Miravalles Volcano ©
Miravalles Volcano

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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning app.

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) to allow enough time to 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
Ecotermales Fortuna ©
Ecotermales Fortuna

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 striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park. On the next day, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 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

Nature Parks Outdoors
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 wildlife, beaches, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online vacation maker.

Drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 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, Nature Observatorio, Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Cartago (Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles & Jardin Botanico Lankester), Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, catch all the local highlights with Top Travel Costa Rica, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Soledad.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose itinerary site.

Traveling by bus from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In November, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. 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 Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical) and Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers, Zipline, &more). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park, stop by Jungle Avenue, and stroll through Playa Biesanz.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip maker site.

You can take a bus from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to 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
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Monteverde side-trips: Finca El Paraiso (in Los Tornos), Piedra de Fuego (in Esparza) and Guacimal River Bridge 2 (in Puntarenas). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, witness a stunning natural landmark at Middle Earth Thermal Springs, whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas).

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde tour planner.

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

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Finca El Paraiso, Piedra de Fuego, Middle Earth Thermal Springs, Guacimal River Bridge 2
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 20:
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
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.
Explore Playa Samara's surroundings by going to Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure), Playa Islita (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Nosara (Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, &more). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach, stroll through Puerto Carrillo, admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Barra Honda National Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Playa Samara travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Playa Samara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

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

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo) and Playa Conchal (Playa Conchal & Garra de Leon Golf Course). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, enjoy some diversion at Tamarindo Tennis & Pickleball Club, and let little ones run wild at Nanny Garden.

To plan Tamarindo vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

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) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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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