49 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

49 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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1
Playas del Coco
— 5 nights
2
Santa Teresa
— 6 nights
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
5
Monteverde
— 29 nights

5
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playas del Coco: Playa Samara (Belen Waterfall & Samara Beach) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal). Spend the 26th (Thu) among the fascinating landscape of Rincon de La Vieja National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa, and take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Playas del Coco trip planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport and Tobias Bolanos International Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Playas del Coco can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Playa Samara, Rincon de La Vieja National Park, Playa Hermosa, Playa Conchal
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Shark Diving
Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Teresa: Wild Sun Rescue Center (in Cabuya), Tortuga Island (in Puntarenas) and Playa Quesera (in Paquera). Spend the 1st (Wed) exploring nature at Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa trip tool.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Santa Teresa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 2nd (Thu), you're off to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Montezuma, Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve, Tortuga Island, Playa Quesera, Playa Islita
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Tortuga Island ©
Tortuga Island
Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve ©
Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Veragua Rainforest Park in Puerto Limon (about 1h 25 min away). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park, admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles, and enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Santa Teresa to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Cahuita, Veragua Rainforest Park
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

3
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: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Spas
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

29
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: Centro de Rescate Las Pumas (in Canas), Sustainability Demonstration Center (in Guacimal) and Playa Dona Ana (in Barranca). Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring nature at Up in the Cloud Forest. There's still lots to do: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip maker website.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. On the 8th (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Puntarenas, Los Tornos, Penon de Guacalillo, Cerro Pelado, Middle Earth Thermal Springs
Find places to stay Jan 10 — Feb 8:
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour