58 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

58 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica travel planner

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San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive
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Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Montezuma
— 4 nights
Ferry to Jacó, Bus to Manuel Antonio
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Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 3 nights
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Drake Bay
— 6 nights
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San Isidro
— 5 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 7 nights
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San Jose
— 1 night
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San Jose

— 2 nights
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.
To plan San Jose vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Copenhagen, Denmark to San Jose is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Copenhagen to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Copenhagen in December: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Fri) before leaving for Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:

Tortuguero

— 3 nights

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.
Tortuguero is known for nature, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero itinerary planning tool.

Drive from San Jose to Tortuguero in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Museums
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 5 nights
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 trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos route tool.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 8th (Sat), you're off to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 8:
Highlights from your trip

Monteverde

— 4 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Monteverde Nature Guided Tours and Aguti Monteverde - Wildlife Reserve. There's more to do: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

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

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

— 5 nights
You've now added Tony Expeditions to your itinerary. Take a break from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste with a short trip to Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge in Cuajiniquil, about 42 minutes away.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Area de Conservacion Guanacaste online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Monteverde to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in 3 hours. You will leave for Tamarindo on the 17th (Mon).

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 17:

Tamarindo

— 5 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kingpin Sportfishing and Canopy Vista Tamarindo. Kids will enjoy Potrero Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo online trip maker.

Getting from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Tamarindo by car takes about 2.5 hours. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll travel to Montezuma.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 22:

Montezuma

— 4 nights
With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Montezuma route planner.

Drive from Tamarindo to Montezuma in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. On the 26th (Wed), you'll travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Montezuma

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 26:

Manuel Antonio

— 5 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Explore hidden gems such as Horseback Riding Tours and Playas Gemelas. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio online journey planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Montezuma to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. You'll set off for Uvita on the 31st (Mon).

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 26 — 31:

Uvita

— 3 nights
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.
Uvita is known for beaches, adventure, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Uvita Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Uvita travel route builder site.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. On the 3rd (Thu), you're off to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 3:
Highlights from your trip

Drake Bay

— 6 nights
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Naturaseekers.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Drake Bay online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Drake Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You will leave for San Isidro on the 9th (Wed).

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 9:
Highlights from your trip

San Isidro

— 5 nights
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chocolatería Sibú and Bosque Caricias los Leones.

Plan my trip to San Isidro with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to San Isidro takes 6.5 hours. February in San Isidro sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. On the 14th (Mon), you'll travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Isidro

Nature · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 14:

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 7 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and Indulgence Spa. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica. Get out of town with these interesting Puerto Viejo de Talamanca side-trips: Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary (in Puerto Limon) and Alma Verde - Cahuita Healing Garden (in Cahuita). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Punta Uva, explore the galleries of Luluberlu Art Gallery, head outdoors with Nature Riders, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online holiday planner.

Drive from San Isidro to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 14 — 21:

San Jose

— 1 night
To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Jose trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. You will leave for home on the 22nd (Tue).

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 22:

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.

Arenal Volcano National Park travel guide

4.4
Hot Springs · Waterfalls · River Rafting & Tubing
Plan a tour of Arenal Volcano National Park to get in touch with nature, enjoy scenic views, and admire the majestic volcano up close. The park, established in 1991, protects a variety of ecosystems and wildlife. You can choose from four hiking trails, taking you across the rainforest and lava fields. Enjoy scenic lookout points, see a staggering variety of birds and plants, or climb the dormant Mount Chato on your trip to Arenal Volcano National Park.