59 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

59 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 9 nights
2
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
3
San Jose
— 7 nights
4
Drake Bay
— 5 nights
5
Manuel Antonio
— 7 nights
6
Playa Samara
— 6 nights
7
Tamarindo
— 7 nights
8
Liberia
— 7 nights
9
Monteverde
— 8 nights

9
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Coco Loco Art Studio & Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from La Fortuna de San Carlos: Rio Celeste (in Tenorio Volcano National Park) and Butterfly Conservatory (in El Castillo). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, trot along with a tour on horseback, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planner.

Mendoza, Argentina to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Mendoza to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Rio Celeste, Butterfly Conservatory
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 21:
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

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 22nd (Wed), see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tortuguero sightseeing planner.

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. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 23:
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

7
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and Irazu Volcano National Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Teatro Nacional Costa Rica and Jade Museum. Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Cartago (Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora, &more), Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion (in Ujarras) and Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum (in Orosi). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Poas Volcano, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, get engrossed in the history at Museo Dr. Rafael Calderon Guardia, and view the masterpieces at Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the San Jose online road trip planner.

Getting from Tortuguero to San Jose by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Tortuguero in January, expect San Jose to be little chillier, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Cartago, Irazu Volcano National Park, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion, Poas Volcano
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 30:
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica ©
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica

5
nights
Drake Bay

Get in touch with nature at Corcovado National Park and Playa San Josecito. Spend a day of island exploring on the 2nd (Sun) at Cano Island.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Drake Bay itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Drake Bay takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Corcovado National Park
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 4:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Corcovado National Park ©
Corcovado National Park
Cano Island ©
Cano Island

7
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Manuel Antonio and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. You'll get in some beach time at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and Uvita Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Parasailing & Paragliding (in Dominical) and Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers & Zipline). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker website.

You can 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Quepos, Jaco, Uvita, Parasailing & Paragliding
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 11:
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Zipline
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY and Koss Art Gallery. Visiting Samara Beach and SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Nosara (Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara & Playa Guiones), Playa Garza (in Garza) and Barra Honda National Park (in Nicoya). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Islita, admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Corozalito, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Playa Samara road trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Playa Samara in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nosara, Playa Carrillo, Playa Islita, Playa Garza, Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 17:
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Playa Guiones ©
Playa Guiones
Playa Islita ©
Playa Islita

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tamarindo Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Conchal and Playa Mina. Venture out of the city with trips to Garra de Leon Golf Course (in Playa Conchal) and Penca Beach (in Playa Potrero). The adventure continues: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, stroll through Playa Avellana, and get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Liberia.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Playa Flamingo, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Penca Beach, Kayaking & Canoeing
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 24:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

7
nights
Liberia

Liberia ©
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Relax by the water at Playa Hermosa and Playa Copal. Church of La Ermita La Agonia and Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Liberia side-trips: Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja, &more), Shark Diving (in Playas del Coco) and Playa Nacascolo (in Gulf of Papagayo). There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Rincon de La Vieja National Park, look for gifts at Nahua, view the masterpieces at Hidden Garden Art Gallery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Liberia trip planning tool.

Drive from Tamarindo to Liberia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Liberia

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Playas del Coco, Province of Guanacaste, Playa Nacascolo, Playa Hermosa
Find places to stay Feb 24 — Mar 2:
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Palo Verde National Park ©
Palo Verde National Park
Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Shark Diving

8
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.
Get in touch with nature at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. Get some cultural insight at Santa Elena Skywalk and Arte Jaguar Gallery. Explore Monteverde's surroundings by going to Piedra de Fuego (in Esparza), Guacimal River Bridge 2 (in Puntarenas) and Playa Dona Ana (in Barranca). There's much more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, view the masterpieces at Sarah's Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Chorotega Arts & Crafts, and get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary.

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

Getting from Liberia to Monteverde by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Piedra de Fuego, Guacimal River Bridge 2, Playa Dona Ana
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 10:
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Zipline
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

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