60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Start: La Fortuna de San Carlos
Drive:  3 h 15 min
1
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 6 nights
Bus:  3 h 30 min
3
San Jose
— 7 nights
Bus:  3 h
4
Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Monteverde
— 8 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Playa Samara
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Tamarindo
— 8 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
8
Liberia
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 10 nights
End: La Fortuna de San Carlos

1
night
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 1st (Tue): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. On your second day here, learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tortuguero day trip site.

La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero is an approximately 3.5- hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In October in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Adventure
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 2:
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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.
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, take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio, and look for gifts at Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca journey app.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Cahuita, Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Nature Observatorio, Redfrogteam Biological Station
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park), Cartago (Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, Jardin Botanico Lankester, &more) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica, get impressive views of Irazu Volcano National Park, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo Ave.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Cartago, Alajuela, Else Kientzler Botanical Garden, Poas Volcano, Toucan Rescue Ranch
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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.
Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical) and Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers, Zipline, &more). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, walk around Parque Nahomi, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Birding Spots Manuel Antonio, and take in the natural beauty of Manuel Antonio Hot Springs.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by bus from San Jose to Manuel Antonio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Jaco, Quepos, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Zipline
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

8
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Monteverde: Finca El Paraiso (in Los Tornos), Puntarenas (Superman De Osa & Guacimal River Bridge 2) and Piedra de Fuego (in Esparza). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde vacation maker app.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Puntarenas, Middle Earth Thermal Springs, Finca El Paraiso, Piedra de Fuego
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
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: Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure), Nosara (Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, Playa Guiones, &more) and Playa Islita (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach, admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, tour the pleasant surroundings at dondeJavitours, and explore the striking landscape of Barra Honda National Park.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara day trip planning website.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Nosara, Nicoya, Jungle Butterfly Farm, Playa Islita
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 4:
Highlights from your plan
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Playa Guiones ©
Playa Guiones
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach

8
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.
Explore Tamarindo's surroundings by going to Playa Conchal (Playa Conchal & Garra de Leon Golf Course), Pura Veda Archery (in San Juanillo) and Playa Dantita (in Las Catalinas). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, and enjoy some diversion at Tamarindo Tennis & Pickleball Club.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo holiday maker website.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Liberia.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Pura Veda Archery, Playa Dantita
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
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.
Explore Liberia's surroundings by going to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja, Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, &more), Las Aves de Tierras Altas (in Bijagua de Upala) and Playa Nacascolo (in Gulf of Papagayo). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Rincon de La Vieja National Park, stop by Nahua, explore the striking landscape of Palo Verde National Park, and explore the world behind art at ArtWood Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Liberia trip maker.

You can take a bus from Tamarindo to Liberia in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Liberia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Province of Guanacaste, Shark Diving, Playa Hermosa, Las Aves de Tierras Altas
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Palo Verde National Park ©
Palo Verde National Park

10
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.
Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos with an excursion to Rio Celeste in Tenorio Volcano National Park--about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano, push the limits with an extreme tour, and take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip 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 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Rio Celeste
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Ecotermales Fortuna ©
Ecotermales Fortuna

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