57 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

57 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 5 nights
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Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
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Jaco
— 5 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
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Drake Bay
— 4 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
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Tortuguero
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 8 nights
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Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 3 nights
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10
Tamarindo
— 5 nights
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Playa Samara
— 5 nights
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Monteverde
— 7 nights
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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.
Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Sarchi (Mariposas Sarchi & Else Kientzler Botanical Garden), Alajuela (Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center & Teatro Municipal) and Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles (in Cartago). There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Irazu Volcano National Park, get a taste of local nightlife at Carpe Chepe, see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose attractions app.

London, UK to San Jose is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time is minus 6 hours. In January, San Jose is much warmer than London - with highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Tours · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 3:

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Vara Blanca

A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 4th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then appreciate the views at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ). On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Poas Volcano, then take in the dramatic scenery at Los Chorros Waterfalls, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Parque Central De Grecia.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Vara Blanca trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Vara Blanca takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 5:

5
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Jaco

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Spend the 8th (Mon) exploring nature at Carara National Park. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, get great views at Mirador de Jaco, enjoy the sand and surf at Jaco Beach, and get up close to creatures of the deep with Costa Rica Dreams Sportfishing.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaco trip planner.

Getting from Vara Blanca to Jaco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 5 — 10:

5
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Manuel Antonio side-trips: Dominical (Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store & Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary) and Uvita (Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge & Parque Nacional Marino Ballena). There's much more to do: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, get interesting insight from Tours, trot along with a tour on horseback, and stroll around Parque Nahomi.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 10 — 15:

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Drake Bay

Step out of Drake Bay to go to Carate and see Corcovado National Park, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 17th (Wed) at Cano Island.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Drake Bay road trip planning app.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 15 — 19:

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Walaba

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.
Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. Spend the 24th (Wed) exploring nature at La Amistad International Park. There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarantulas Way.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip tool.

Drive from Drake Bay to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 19 — 24:

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Tortuguero

Costa Rica's Amazon

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 25th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Jungle Tom Safaris Day Tours.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero vacation builder website.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 26:

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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: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour planner.

Drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 6:

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Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

When in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, make a side trip to see Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge in Cuajiniquil, approximately Cuajiniquil away. On the 7th (Sun), spend a day delving into the history of Parque Nacional Santa Rosa.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste trip tool.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 6 — 9:

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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: Playa Conchal (Garra de Leon Golf Course & Playa Conchal), Playa Nacascolo (in Gulf of Papagayo) and Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa). There's still lots to do: stroll through Tamarindo Beach, admire the sheer force of Cataratas Llanos de Cortes, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, and stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo day trip website.

Traveling by car from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Tamarindo takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 9 — 14:

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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 find plenty of places to visit near Playa Samara: Nosara (MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, Playa Guiones, &more), Barra Honda National Park (in Nicoya) and Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Samara Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Barrigona Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara day trip website.

Drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 19:

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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.
Spend the 23rd (Tue) exploring nature at Up in the Cloud Forest. There's still lots to do: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, and explore the world behind art at Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 26:

Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.