60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica and Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana). Head to Galeria Namu and Central Market (Mercado Central)for plenty of shopping. Step out of San Jose with an excursion to Toucan Rescue Ranch in San Isidro--about 32 minutes away. It doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip itinerary planning tool.

London, UK to San Jose is an approximately 15- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to San Jose. Traveling from London in January, things will get much hotter in San Jose: highs are around 30°C and lows about 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Toucan Rescue Ranch
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Manuel Antonio and Manuel Antonio National Park. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planning site.

You can take a bus from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; 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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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
Drake Bay

Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Playa San Josecito. When in Drake Bay, make a side trip to see Jagua Arts and Crafts in Puerto Jimenez, approximately Puerto Jimenez away. categoryPhrases.sentence.Spend_the_day_observing_fascinating_marine_mammals_with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Drake Bay route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to 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
Jagua Arts and Crafts ©
Jagua Arts and Crafts

5
nights
Turrialba

Turrialba ©
Get outdoors at Guayabo National Monument and Parque National Los Quetzales. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turrialba: Savegre Reserve (in Cartago), Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion (in Ujarras) and El Copal Reserve (in Pejibaye). On the 19th (Sun), spend a relaxing day on the river with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Turrialba trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Drake Bay to Turrialba. In January, daytime highs in Turrialba are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Turrialba

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Savegre Reserve, Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion, Parque National Los Quetzales, Irazu Volcano National Park, El Copal Reserve
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Guayabo National Monument ©
Guayabo National 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.
Visiting Tortuguero National Park and Kayaking & Canoeing will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Caribbean Botanical Garden in Guacimo (about 1h 30 min away). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero online trip maker.

Getting from Turrialba to Tortuguero by car takes about 3 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

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Caribbean Botanical Garden
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

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.
Visiting Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Onirica Art Gallery and Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: get impressive views of Arenal Volcano and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find reviews and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ecological Sanctuary and Alas y Raices. Step out of the city life by going to Zipline and Curi Cancha Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, and take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. On the 31st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Montezuma.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Santa Teresa and Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve. Head to Tica Surf Bikinis and Bri'ah Art Galleryfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Montezuma side-trips: Playa Hermosa (in Santa Teresa) and Tortuga Island (in Puntarenas). There's more to do: admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wild Sun Rescue Center.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Montezuma route planning site.

Do a combination of shuttle and ferry from Monteverde to Montezuma in 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 time for the car ride 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 ©
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Samara Beach and Barrigona Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Horseback Riding Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playa Samara: Nosara (Playa Guiones, Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, &more). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and view the masterpieces at Koss Art Gallery.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Playa Samara trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Montezuma to Playa Samara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Nosara
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Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Horseback Riding Tours. We've included these beaches for you: Tamarindo Beach and Playa Conchal. Change things up with a short trip to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours in Playa Flamingo (about 30 minutes away). There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Lydia Beech Art Boutique, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, stroll through Monkey Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo visit planning tool.

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 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Parks

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), stroll through Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge and then tee off at Four Seasons Golf Club.

Plan a trip to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Getting from Tamarindo to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Liberia.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge
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Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge ©
Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Church of La Ermita La Agonia and Hidden Garden Art Gallery. Shop till you drop at Costa Rica'n Art Craft and Nahua. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Rincon de La Vieja National Park, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Maderos Brewery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria, and get interesting insight from Tours.

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

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

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Rincon de La Vieja National Park
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Church of La Ermita La Agonia ©
Church of La Ermita La Agonia
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 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 La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita and Chocofor plenty of shopping. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Nature Observatorio, enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, and take in the exciting artwork at Luluberlu Art Gallery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Liberia to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Jaco.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Manzanillo, Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Cataratas Bribri Talamanca
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 25:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

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. Visit Jaco Beach and Palo Seco Beach for some beach relaxation. Spend the 29th (Sat) exploring nature at Carara National Park. The adventure continues: get great views at Mirador de Jaco and snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Jaco trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Jaco in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Tarcoles Bridge, Palo Seco Beach, Carara National Park
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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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