60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Start: Zurich
Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
San Jose
— 6 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
2
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 6 nights
Drive:  7 h 45 min
4
Drake Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
Monteverde
— 7 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Playa Samara
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Tamarindo
— 7 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
9
Liberia
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
10
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 8 nights
+3
Bus + Foot + Bus + Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Zurich

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Cartago (Jardin Botanico Lankester & Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles), Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). There's much more to do: cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica, explore the striking landscape of Irazu Volcano National Park, get to know the resident critters at Zoo Ave, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose tour planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to San Jose is an approximately 14.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Zurich to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in November, expect San Jose to be much hotter, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Alajuela, Cartago, Irazu Volcano National Park, Poas Volcano, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 8:
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tortuguero trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from San Jose to Tortuguero in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Jose in November; daily highs in Tortuguero reach 34°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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

6
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.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is known for wildlife, beaches, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio, enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca journey maker app.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio, Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 16:
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Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

3
nights
Drake Bay

Drake Bay ©
Step out of Drake Bay to go to Carate and see Corcovado National Park, which is approximately 2h 45 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 19th (Tue) at Cano Island.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Drake Bay online trip planner.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Drake Bay by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Corcovado National Park
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Corcovado National Park ©
Corcovado National Park
Cano Island ©
Cano Island
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Manuel Antonio side-trips: Dominical (Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary & Parasailing & Paragliding) and Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers, Zipline, &more). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, get interesting insight from Tours, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Birding Spots Manuel Antonio, and look for gifts at Jungle Avenue.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio day trip site.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Jaco, Quepos, Dominical
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Fishing Charters & Tours
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

7
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Guacimal River Bridge 2 (in Puntarenas), Finca El Paraiso (in Los Tornos) and Piedra de Fuego (in Esparza). There's lots more to do: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk, and admire all the interesting features of Ecological Sanctuary.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Monteverde online route planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Guacimal River Bridge 2, Finca El Paraiso, Piedra de Fuego
Find places to stay Nov 26 — Dec 3:
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa Samara: Nosara (Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, Playa Guiones, &more), Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure) and Playa Islita (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Samara Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll through dondeJavitours, and admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Playa Samara trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Playa Samara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Nosara, Nicoya, Jungle Butterfly Farm, Playa Islita
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 9:
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Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

7
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (Playa Conchal & Garra de Leon Golf Course) and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, tee off at Hacienda Pinilla Golf Club, enjoy some diversion at Tamarindo Tennis & Pickleball Club, and let the kids burn off some steam at Nanny Garden.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip planner.

Drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Liberia.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

6
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.
Explore Liberia's surroundings by going to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja, Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, &more), Shark Diving (in Playas del Coco) and Playa Nacascolo (in Gulf of Papagayo). And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rincon de La Vieja National Park, browse the exhibits of Costa Rica'n Art Craft, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Maderos Brewery, and look for gifts at Nahua.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Liberia tour itinerary planning app.

Take a bus from Tamarindo to Liberia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Liberia sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Liberia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Province of Guanacaste, Playa Hermosa, Shark Diving, Playa Nacascolo
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 22:
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Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Palo Verde National Park ©
Palo Verde National Park

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: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, stroll through Proyecto Asis, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Liberia to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) 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 Dec 22 — 30:
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

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