50 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

50 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Playa Samara
— 5 nights
2
Tamarindo
— 6 nights
3
Playas del Coco
— 5 nights
4
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 3 nights
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 7 nights
6
Tortuguero
— 1 night
7
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
8
Drake Bay
— 4 nights
9
Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
10
Monteverde
— 6 nights

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Samara Beach and Playa Guiones. Explore Playa Samara's surroundings by going to Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure), Playa Garza (in Garza) and Nosara (MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, &more). There's much more to do: stroll through Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Corozalito, and take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Playa Samara trip planner.

London, UK to Playa Samara is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from London to Playa Samara, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Nosara, Jungle Butterfly Farm, Playa Garza, Playa Carrillo, Playa Corozalito
Find places to stay May 25 — 30:
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Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

6
nights
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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Avellana and Playa Danta. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Fishing Charters & Tours (in Playa Flamingo). The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, stroll through Monkey Park, and get in on the family fun at Canopy Vista Tamarindo.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo road trip planner.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Playa Danta, Kayaking & Canoeing, Playa Conchal
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 5:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

5
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Hermosa and Playa Nacascolo. Explore Playas del Coco's surroundings by going to Liberia (Costa Rica'n Art Craft & Nahua) and Sensoria Land of Senses (in Rincon de La Vieja). Spend the 8th (Mon) exploring nature at Palo Verde National Park. There's still lots to do: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, explore the striking landscape of Rincon de La Vieja National Park, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and visit Playa Ocotal.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Playas del Coco online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Province of Guanacaste, Liberia, Playa Nacascolo, Playa Hermosa, Sensoria Land of Senses
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 10:
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Shark Diving
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste is known for parks, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste takes 2 hours. You'll set off for La Fortuna de San Carlos on the 13th (Sat).

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 13:
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near La Fortuna de San Carlos: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday maker app.

Getting from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, Arenal Volcano, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 20:
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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Proyecto Asis ©
Proyecto Asis

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see maps and tourist information, read Tortuguero online vacation builder.

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 35°C in June, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 21:
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

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 Puerto Viejo Beach and Playa Cocles. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park, and kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio, Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 26:
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Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach

4
nights
Drake Bay

Take a break from Drake Bay with a short trip to Corcovado National Park in Carate, about 1h 10 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 28th (Sun) at Cano Island.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Drake Bay trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Drake Bay in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Corcovado National Park
Find places to stay Jun 26 — Jul 1:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cano Island ©
Cano Island
Nature & Wildlife Tours

6
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Manuel Antonio and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este), Dominical (Parasailing & Paragliding & Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary) and Jaco (Zipline & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Dominical, Jaco, Horseback Riding Tours, Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 7:
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Take a break from Monteverde with a short trip to Piedra de Fuego in Esparza, about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery, and experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Piedra de Fuego
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 13:
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

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