60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
San Jose
— 5 nights
bus:  3​h
2
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Drake Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Turrialba
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Tortuguero
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Monteverde
— 5 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + ferry:  3​h 15​min
8
Montezuma
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Playa Samara
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Tamarindo
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
11
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
12
Liberia
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h
13
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
14
Jaco
— 5 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: London

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Toucan Rescue Ranch. Head to Galeria Namu and Central Market (Mercado Central)for plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana), and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip planner .

London, UK to San Jose is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to San Jose is minus 6 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from London in January, with highs in San Jose at 30°C and lows at 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Toucan Rescue Ranch
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Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
River Rafting & Tubing

3
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 in touch with nature at Playa Manuel Antonio and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Spend the 9th (Thu) exploring nature at Manuel Antonio National Park. There's still lots to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip planner .

You can drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
Drake Bay

Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Playa San Josecito. Step out of Drake Bay to go to Puerto Jimenez and see Jagua Arts and Crafts, which is approximately 1h 20 min away.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Drake Bay trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Turrialba.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Jagua Arts and Crafts
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
nights
Turrialba

Turrialba ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at Guayabo National Park and Monument and Ruinas de Ujarras. Step out of the city life by going to Irazu Volcano National Park and El Copal Reserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Savegre Reserve (in Cartago) and Parque National Los Quetzales (in San Gerardo de Dota).

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Turrialba road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Turrialba takes 7.5 hours. January in Turrialba sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Turrialba

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ruinas de Ujarras, El Copal Reserve, Parque National Los Quetzales, Savegre Reserve, Irazu Volcano National Park
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Guayabo National Park and Monument ©
Guayabo National Park and Monument
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park
River Rafting & Tubing

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tortuguero National Park and River Rafting & Tubing. Take a break from Tortuguero with a short trip to Caribbean Botanical Garden in Guacimo, about 1h 15 min away. There's more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero tour itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Turrialba to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. January in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Caribbean Botanical Garden, River Rafting & Tubing
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
River Rafting & Tubing
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal) and River Rafting & Tubing. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Onirica Art Gallery and Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

5
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.
Popular historic sites such as Ecological Sanctuary and Santa Elena Skywalk are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Curi Cancha Reserve. The adventure continues: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), and identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde online trip planner .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Montezuma.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

4
nights
Montezuma

Montezuma ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Santa Teresa and Playa Hermosa. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Bri'ah Art Gallery and Tica Surf Bikinis. When in Montezuma, make a side trip to see Tortuga Island in Puntarenas, approximately 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve and admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Montezuma route maker tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and ferry from Monteverde to Montezuma takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Montezuma

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Teresa, Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve, Tortuga Island
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve ©
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Samara Beach and Nosara Refuge for Wildlife. Relax by the water at Barrigona Beach and Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones). Take a break from Playa Samara with a short trip to SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary in Nosara, about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at Koss Art Gallery, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Playa Samara trip planner.

Traveling by car from Montezuma to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Nosara
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

5
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Take a break from the city and head to Tamarindo Beach and Playa Avellana. Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo). Saddle up on the 13th (Thu) and explore with a tour on horseback. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, get interesting insight from Tours, view the masterpieces at Lydia Beech Art Boutique, and admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tamarindo trip builder .

You can drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Playa Conchal
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

2
nights
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
On the 14th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands and then take in the dramatic scenery at Llanos de Cortez Waterfall. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge and then tee off at Four Seasons Golf Club.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Area de Conservacion Guanacaste road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Liberia.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge
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Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge ©
Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge

4
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Rincon de La Vieja National Park and River Rafting & Tubing. Get some cultural insight at Church of La Ermita La Agonia and Costa Rica'n Art Craft. On the 17th (Mon), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Nahua, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Maderos Brewery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria, and take in the exciting artwork at Hidden Garden Art Gallery.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Liberia online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Liberia takes an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Liberia

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Rincon de La Vieja National Park
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Zipline
Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Head to Cho.co and Luluberlu Art Galleryfor some retail therapy. Visit Puerto Viejo Beach and Playa Cocles for some beach relaxation. Take a break from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca with a short trip to Nature Park Walk in Manzanillo, about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Observatorio, explore and take pictures at Chocorart, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca planning site .

You can drive from Liberia to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. On the 25th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Manzanillo, Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Cataratas Bribri Talamanca
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Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge ©

5
nights
Jaco

Jaco ©
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Costa Rica Waterfall Tours as well as Jaco Canyoning. Get outdoors at Carara National Park and Palo Seco Beach. The adventure continues: stroll through Jaco Beach, snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge, and take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Jaco.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Jaco attractions planner.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Jaco by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Carara National Park, Palo Seco Beach, Tarcoles Bridge
Find places to stay Feb 25 — Mar 1:
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Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach
Costa Rica Waterfall Tours ©
Costa Rica Waterfall Tours
Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park

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