50 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

50 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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50 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Taxi:  17​h 15​min
1
Playa Samara
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Tamarindo
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Playas del Coco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
7
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
8
Drake Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Monteverde
— 6 nights
Taxi + Fly:  16​h
End: London

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Samara Beach and Playa Corozalito. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa Samara: Nosara (Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara, & more), Playa Garza (in Garza) and Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach, admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, and stroll through Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Playa Samara trip itinerary website .

London, UK to Playa Samara is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour 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, Playa Carrillo, Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project, Playa Corozalito, Jungle Butterfly Farm
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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.
Relax by the water at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Conchal. Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Fishing Charters & Tours (in Playa Flamingo) and Playa Danta (in Las Catalinas). There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana, find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, and get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura.

Plan a Tamarindo trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

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 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Playa Danta, Kayaking & Canoeing, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Playa Conchal
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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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Hermosa and Playa Nacascolo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playas del Coco: Sensoria Land of Senses (in Rincon de La Vieja) and Liberia (Costa Rica'n Art Craft & Nahua). Spend the 8th (Mon) exploring nature at Palo Verde National Park. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the striking landscape of Rincon de La Vieja National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ocotal, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Playas del Coco online trip itinerary builder .

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

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Province of Guanacaste, Liberia, Playa Nacascolo, Sensoria Land of Senses, Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Shark Diving
Playa Nacascolo ©
Playa Nacascolo

3
nights
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Spend the 13th (Sat) among the fascinating landscape of Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Area de Conservacion Guanacaste trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste takes 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks Nature Trails
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around La Fortuna de San Carlos: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online route maker .

You can drive from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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.
Kick 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.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero travel planning site .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. June in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Adventure
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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.
Visit Puerto Viejo Beach and Playa Cocles for some beach relaxation. Step out of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca with an excursion to Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica in Cahuita--about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca road trip planning app .

Drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Cahuita, Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Nature Observatorio
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

Step out of Drake Bay with an excursion to Corcovado National Park in Carate--about 1h 10 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 28th (Sun) at Cano Island. Make the 27th (Sat) an awe-inspiring day at Naturaseekers.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Drake Bay trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Drake Bay in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Manuel Antonio and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. Get out of town with these interesting Manuel Antonio side-trips: Jaco (Zipline & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours), Dominical (Parasailing & Paragliding & Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip planner .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Dominical, Jaco, Horseback Riding Tours, Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Monteverde: Piedra de Fuego (in Esparza) and Guacimal River Bridge 2 (in Puntarenas). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde trip itinerary website .

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 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 Outdoors

Side Trips

Guacimal River Bridge 2, Piedra de Fuego
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 13:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

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