60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
San Jose
— 6 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
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
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from 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: get interesting insight from Tours, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, get to know the resident critters at Zoo Ave, and look for all kinds of wild species at Toucan Rescue Ranch.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Jose road trip planning website .

Zurich, Switzerland to San Jose is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to San Jose is minus 7 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Zurich in November; daily highs in San Jose reach 30°C and lows reach 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, Toucan Rescue Ranch, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Irazu Volcano National Park
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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.
On the 9th (Sat), examine the collection at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and taxi from San Jose to Tortuguero in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In November, Tortuguero is somewhat warmer than San Jose - with highs of 34°C and lows of 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 Adventure
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

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.
Go for a jaunt from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Cahuita to see Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park, look for gifts at Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, and identify plant and animal life at Nature Observatorio.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca route planning app .

You can drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cahuita, Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Nature Observatorio
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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 1h 15 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 19th (Tue) at Cano Island. Make the 17th (Sun) an awe-inspiring day at Naturaseekers.

Discover how to plan a Drake Bay trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Drake Bay in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Dominical (Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary & Parasailing & Paragliding) and Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers, Zipline, & more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, stroll through Playa Biesanz, get interesting insight from Tours, and stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio sightseeing planning tool .

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 up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Quepos, Jaco, Dominical
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Zipline
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park

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 Finca El Paraiso (in Los Tornos), Piedra de Fuego (in Esparza) and Guacimal River Bridge 2 (in Puntarenas). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Finca El Paraiso, Guacimal River Bridge 2, Piedra de Fuego
Find places to stay Nov 26 — Dec 3:
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Zipline
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: Playa Islita (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste), Nosara (Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), & more) and Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Samara Beach, identify plant and animal life at dondeJavitours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Blas, and stroll through Puerto Carrillo.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara online route planner .

You can drive from Monteverde to Playa Samara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In December in Playa Samara, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 32°C at night. 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, Playa Islita, Jungle Butterfly Farm
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo) and Playa Conchal (Playa Conchal & Garra de Leon Golf Course). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tamarindo Church, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Tamarindo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Liberia: Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja, Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, & more), Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa) and Shark Diving (in Playas del Coco). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Rincon de La Vieja National Park, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Palo Verde National Park, shop like a local with Costa Rica'n Art Craft, and admire the sheer force of Llanos de Cortez Waterfall.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Liberia trip itinerary app .

Traveling by bus from Tamarindo to Liberia takes 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 Nacascolo, Shark Diving, Playa Hermosa
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Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

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, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, look for all kinds of wild species at Proyecto Asis, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Liberia to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time 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
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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