48 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

48 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly + Shuttle:  28 h
1
Tamarindo
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Playa Samara
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  3 h 45 min
4
Uvita
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
Monteverde
— 6 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
7
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Liberia
— 5 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Sydney

7
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.
Get in touch with nature at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Horseback Riding Tours. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at San Juanillo Beach and Potrero Beach. Step out of Tamarindo to go to Playa Flamingo and see Los Piratas de Flamingo, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, stroll through Monkey Park, have some family-friendly fun at Bolas Locas Mini Golf, and get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo trip itinerary maker website.

Sydney, Australia to Tamarindo is an approximately 26- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, bus, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Tamarindo is minus 16 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Potrero Beach, San Juanillo Beach
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 8:
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Lydia Beech Art Boutique ©
Lydia Beech Art Boutique
Fishing Charters & Tours
San Juanillo Beach ©
San Juanillo Beach

4
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Horseback Riding Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Barrigona Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa Samara: Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project (in Punta Islita), Nosara (SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, &more) and Church of San Blas (in Nicoya). There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Playa Samara attractions planner.

Getting from Tamarindo to Playa Samara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Nosara, Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project, Church of San Blas
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Horseback Riding Tours

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Hermosa and Playa Carmen. Visiting Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve and Wild Sun Rescue Center will get you outdoors. Take a break from Santa Teresa with a short trip to Horseback Riding Tours in Montezuma, about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the exciting artwork at Bri'ah Art Gallery, and wander the wide-open spaces of Sunrise Ranch.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Montezuma, Sunrise Ranch, Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:
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Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve ©
Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Uvita Beach and Playa Ventanas. Step off the beaten path and head to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Nauyaca Waterfalls. There's much more to do: ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, get interesting insight from Tours, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Uvita trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Santa Teresa to Uvita in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Dominical, Playa Ventanas
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 19:
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Rainmaker Park and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls & Tico Pod Art House & Gifts), Palo Seco Beach (in Parrita) and Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding (in Herradura). Next up on the itinerary: trot along with a tour on horseback, kick back and relax at Playa Espadilla Norte, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip planning tool.

Getting from Uvita to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Quepos, Jaco, Parrita, Horseback Riding Tours, Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 24:
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Palo Seco Beach ©
Palo Seco Beach

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Children's Eternal Rain Forest. Escape the urban bustle at Viento Fresco Waterfall and Horseback Riding Tours. Step out of Monteverde to go to Puntarenas and see Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Ecological Sanctuary, stroll through Valle Escondido Preserve, relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, and admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas).

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Monteverde itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa, Viento Fresco Waterfall
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 30:
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Viento Fresco Waterfall ©
Viento Fresco Waterfall
Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa ©
Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Punta Uva Beach and Playa Cocles. Step out of the city life by going to Veragua Rainforest Park and Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. Step out of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to go to Puerto Limon and see Nature & Wildlife Tours, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Ceiba, browse the fresh offerings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca driving holiday planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Puerto Limon, Cahuita, Nature Observatorio, Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 4:
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

6
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Coco Loco Art Studio & Gallery and Wood & Art Gallery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bogarin Trail and Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around La Fortuna de San Carlos: Tirimbina Biological Reserve (in La Virgen) and Butterfly Conservatory (in El Castillo). There's still lots to do: stroll through Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, hike along Arenal 1968 Trail, walk around Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens, and Head underground at Venado Caves.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Liberia.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

La Virgen, Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 10:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

5
nights
Liberia

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria and ArtWood Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Playa Hermosa and Palo Verde National Park. Explore Liberia's surroundings by going to Rio Negro Hot Springs (in Rincon de La Vieja) and Playas del Coco (Scuba & Snorkeling & Spas). Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and get impressive views of Rincon de La Vieja National Park.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Liberia route planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Liberia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 15th (Sat).

Things to do in Liberia

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Province of Guanacaste, Playa Hermosa, Rio Negro Hot Springs
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 15:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
River Rafting & Tubing

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