50 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

50 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica journey planner

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Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Bijagua de Upala
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Bijagua de Upala
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
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Monteverde
— 4 nights
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Quepos
— 4 nights
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Sierpe
— 1 day
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Drake Bay
— 3 nights
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Uvita
— 6 nights
Ferry
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Montezuma
— 6 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nosara
— 4 nights
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Brasilito
— 4 nights
Drive
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Playa Hermosa
— 7 nights
Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Minneapolis

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Bijagua de Upala

— 2 nights
You've now added Tapir Valley Nature Reserve to your itinerary. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Celeste.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Bijagua de Upala route maker website.

Minneapolis, USA to Bijagua de Upala is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Bijagua de Upala

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 5 nights
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 La Fortuna Waterfall and Tabacon Hot Springs will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, browse the exhibits of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, and contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Bijagua de Upala to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Wed) before leaving for Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 19:

Monteverde

— 4 nights
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 Santa Elena Skywalk and Ecological Sanctuary. Escape the urban bustle at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Curi Cancha Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and stroll through Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Sun) before leaving for Quepos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 23:

Quepos

— 4 nights
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Quepos is known for wildlife, adventure, and spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Quepos day trip website.

Drive from Monteverde to Quepos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Sierpe.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 27:
Highlights from your trip

Sierpe

— 1 day
On the 27th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kokopelli.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sierpe online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Quepos to Sierpe takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Sierpe

Nature · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 28:
Highlights from your trip

Drake Bay

— 3 nights
For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Drake Bay day trip site.

Traveling by car from Sierpe to Drake Bay takes 2.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sun) before leaving for Uvita.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 30:

Uvita

— 6 nights
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Oro Verde Biological Reserve as well as Santa Lucia Falls. Get outdoors at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and Uvita Waterfall.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Uvita trip planner.

You can drive from Drake Bay to Uvita in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sat) before leaving for Montezuma.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 5:

Montezuma

— 6 nights
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.
Visiting Playa Santa Teresa and Horseback Riding Tours will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Montezuma side-trips: Santa Teresa (Playa Hermosa & Bri'ah Art Gallery). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and surround yourself with nature on SunTrails Montezuma Waterfall Canopy Tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Montezuma online trip itinerary builder.

Ride a ferry from Uvita to Montezuma in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. On the 11th (Fri), you're off to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Montezuma

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 5 — 11:

Playa Samara

— 4 nights
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.
Visiting Samara Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach, view the masterpieces at Koss Art Gallery, see Off-Road Tours, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Playa Samara trip planner.

Traveling by car from Montezuma to Playa Samara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Tue) before leaving for Nosara.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 15:

Nosara

— 4 nights
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Guiones and Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary. And it doesn't end there: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, explore the galleries of MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, see Off-Road Tours, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nosara vacation website.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Nosara takes an hour. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Brasilito.

Things to do in Nosara

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 19:

Brasilito

— 4 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Serendipity Charters-Sailing Costa Rica. Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Arenas Blancas will get you outdoors.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Brasilito day trip planner.

Drive from Nosara to Brasilito in 2.5 hours. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Playa Hermosa.

Things to do in Brasilito

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 19 — 23:

Playa Hermosa

— 7 nights
Playa Hermosa, located in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica, is a popular beach and beach-front resort town.People who visit Playa Hermosa can indulge in swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving, sport fishing or sailing.Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste Province is not to be confused with Playa Hermosa, Puntarenas Province. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco and Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts. Step out of the city life by going to Playa Nacascolo and Playas del coco. And it doesn't end there: play a few rounds at Four Seasons Golf Club, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, stroll through Playa Iguanita, and head outdoors with Crazy Alex CR.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Playa Hermosa trip planner.

You can drive from Brasilito to Playa Hermosa in an hour. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Golf

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 23 — Mar 2:

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.

Arenal Volcano National Park travel guide

4.4
Hot Springs · Waterfalls · River Rafting & Tubing
Plan a tour of Arenal Volcano National Park to get in touch with nature, enjoy scenic views, and admire the majestic volcano up close. The park, established in 1991, protects a variety of ecosystems and wildlife. You can choose from four hiking trails, taking you across the rainforest and lava fields. Enjoy scenic lookout points, see a staggering variety of birds and plants, or climb the dormant Mount Chato on your trip to Arenal Volcano National Park.