55 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

55 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

6
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.
Explore Playas del Coco's surroundings by going to Liberia (Souvenir Ocarina & Costa Rica'n Art Craft) and Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands & Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja). Spend the 4th (Wed) exploring nature at Palo Verde National Park. Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Rincon de La Vieja National Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Playas del Coco day trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Playas del Coco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Playas del Coco is minus 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Liberia, Province of Guanacaste, Playas del coco, Playa Hermosa
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Palo Verde National Park ©
Palo Verde National Park
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park

7
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore Tamarindo's surroundings by going to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo) and Playa Conchal (Garra de Leon Golf Course & Playa Conchal). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

You can plan Tamarindo trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Playa Conchal, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Kayaking & Canoeing
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 15:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura

6
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.
Explore Playa Samara's surroundings by going to Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure), Nosara (MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, Playa Guiones, &more) and Barra Honda National Park (in Nicoya). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Samara Beach, see Off-Road Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach, and take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Nosara, Jungle Butterfly Farm, Barra Honda National Park, Playa Islita
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 21:
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Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

6
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.
Go for a jaunt from Monteverde to Puntarenas to see Guacimal River Bridge 2 about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk, and admire all the interesting features of Ecological Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Playa Samara to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Guacimal River Bridge 2
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 27:
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este) and Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers, Zipline, &more). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio online attractions planner.

Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Quepos, Jaco, Horseback Riding Tours
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

6
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.
Explore Uvita's surroundings by going to Kokopelli (in Sierpe) and Ciudad Cortes (Osa Santuario de Animales & San Buenas Golf Course and Condos). There's still lots to do: explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Uvita trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Dominical, Ciudad Cortes, Kokopelli, Nauyaca Waterfalls Nature Park
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Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena

1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): stop by Tienda eNe, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, thenexamine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and finally see a show at Teatro Nacional Costa Rica.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a San Jose trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Uvita to San Jose takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Nightlife Historic Sites
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Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica ©
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

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.
Go for a jaunt from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Puerto Limon to see Veragua Rainforest Park 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 Finca La Isla, stroll through Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online tour planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cahuita, Veragua Rainforest Park, Nature Observatorio
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 14:
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Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

2
nights
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.
On the 15th (Wed), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tortuguero online vacation planner.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

8
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, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 24:
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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