49 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

49 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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49 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Playas del Coco
1
Playas del Coco
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Santa Teresa
— 6 nights
Drive:  9​h
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Monteverde
— 29 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Playas del Coco

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 Conchal (in Playa Conchal), Playa Samara (Belen Waterfall & Samara Beach) and Llanos de Cortez Waterfall (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Rincon de La Vieja National Park, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

To find out how to plan a trip to Playas del Coco, use our trip itinerary maker.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airport is Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport. In December, daytime highs in Playas del Coco are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Playa Samara, Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, Playa Hermosa, Rincon de La Vieja National Park, Playa Conchal
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Shark Diving
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Santa Teresa side-trips: Tortuga Island (in Puntarenas), Playa Quesera (in Paquera) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Montezuma). Spend the 1st (Wed) exploring nature at Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wild Sun Rescue Center, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa journey planner .

Getting from Playas del Coco to Santa Teresa by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

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 out of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca with an excursion to Veragua Rainforest Park in Puerto Limon--about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park, kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach, look for gifts at Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate, and stroll through Punta Uva Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Santa Teresa to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car 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, parks, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, head outdoors with Salto, and stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos online itinerary planner .

Getting from Santa Teresa to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Puntarenas (Guacimal River Bridge 2, Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa, & more), Canas (Guanacaste Pineapple Park & Centro de Rescate Las Pumas) and Sustainability Demonstration Center (in Guacimal). Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring nature at Up in the Cloud Forest. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip planner .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. You'll set off for home on the 8th (Sat).

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Puntarenas, Canas, Los Tornos, Sapoa Adventures, Sustainability Demonstration Center
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Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour