55 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

55 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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55 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Playas del Coco
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Tamarindo
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Playa Samara
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Monteverde
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Uvita
— 6 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
7
San Jose
— 1 night
Bus:  3​h 30​min
8
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 8 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Amsterdam

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Playas del Coco: Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, & more) and Liberia (Souvenir Ocarina & Costa Rica'n Art Craft). Spend the 4th (Wed) exploring nature at Palo Verde National Park. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rincon de La Vieja National Park, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, enjoy the sand and surf at Playas del coco, and stroll through Playa Nacascolo.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Playas del Coco vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Amsterdam, Holland to Playas del Coco is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Liberia, Province of Guanacaste, Playa Hermosa, Playa Nacascolo
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Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Palo Verde National Park ©
Palo Verde 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo) and Playa Conchal (Garra de Leon Golf Course & Playa Conchal). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Tamarindo Beach, see Off-Road Tours, play a few rounds at Hacienda Pinilla Golf Club, and find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo holiday site .

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
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Playa Samara side-trips: Nosara (MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), & more), Barra Honda National Park (in Nicoya) and Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure). There's still lots to do: stroll through Samara Beach, kick back and relax at Playa Islita, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Playa Samara trip builder website .

Getting from Tamarindo to Playa Samara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Nosara, Jungle Butterfly Farm, Barra Honda National Park, Playa Islita
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)

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 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), trot along with a tour on horseback, and stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip 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) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Guacimal River Bridge 2
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Zipline
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: Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers, Zipline, & more) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este). The adventure continues: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Jaco, Quepos, Horseback Riding Tours
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Zipline
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Uvita side-trips: Ciudad Cortes (Osa Santuario de Animales & San Buenas Golf Course and Condos) and Kokopelli (in Sierpe). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Uvita online trip maker .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Dominical, Ciudad Cortes, Kokopelli
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Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

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): look for gifts at Tienda eNe, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Teatro Nacional Costa Rica.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Jose journey planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Uvita to San Jose takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca: Veragua Rainforest Park (in Puerto Limon) and Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica (in Cahuita). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park, stroll through Playa Cocles, stop by Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate, and enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach.

Before you visit Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio, Veragua Rainforest Park
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tortuguero online holiday builder .

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Thu) before leaving for 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, parks, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip builder .

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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