53 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

53 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica planner
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Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
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Uvita
— 5 nights
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Jaco
— 5 nights
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Monteverde
— 5 nights
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Playa Samara
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo
— 5 nights
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Playas del Coco
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 8 nights
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Tortuguero
— 2 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
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San Jose
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Manuel Antonio — 5 nights

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 a short trip to Isla Damas in Puntarenas (about 30 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and relax and rejuvenate at Raindrop Spa.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip maker tool.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Manuel Antonio. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Uvita.
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Uvita — 5 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.
Explore Uvita's surroundings by going to San Buenas Golf Resort and Spa (in Ciudad Cortes), MCEC Innoceana (in Ojochal) and Cano Island (in Drake Bay). Spend the 14th (Wed) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. There's lots more to do: stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, see Off-Road Tours, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Uvita planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Jaco.
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Find places to stay Sep 13 — 18:

Jaco — 5 nights

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.
Jaco is known for adventure, beaches, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Outdoor Activities, trot along with a tour on horseback, get up close to creatures of the deep with Costa Rica Dreams Sportfishing, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Jaco holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Jaco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.
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Find places to stay Sep 18 — 23:

Monteverde — 5 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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Butterfly Garden at Selvatura Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip planner.

Drive from Jaco to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.
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Find places to stay Sep 23 — 28:

Playa Samara — 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Playa Samara side-trips: Nosara (Playa Guiones & Love Nosara) and Barra Honda National Park (in Nicoya). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Samara Beach, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and stroll through Barrigona Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Playa Samara trip site.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Playa Samara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Tamarindo.
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Tamarindo — 5 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Playa Conchal (Playa Conchal, Garra de Leon Golf Course, &more), Sea Star Souvenir (in Brasilito) and Playa Danta (in Las Catalinas). Spend the 5th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.
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Find places to stay Oct 1 — 6:

Playas del Coco — 3 nights

Coco Beach

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playas del Coco: Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste), Nahua (in Liberia) and Cataratas Llanos de Cortes (in Bagaces). There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, stroll through Playa Hermosa, and kick back and relax at Playa Nacascolo.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Playas del Coco trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 8 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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, cool off at Kalambu Hot Springs, and stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your La Fortuna de San Carlos trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.
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Tortuguero — 2 nights

Costa Rica's Amazon

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 18th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sendero Cerro Tortuguero, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero sightseeing planning app.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca — 5 nights

Walaba

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.
Spend the 21st (Fri) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Puerto Viejo, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate.

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

Getting from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Jose.
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San Jose — 6 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca), El Toledo Coffee Tour (in Atenas) and Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Rescue Center Costa Rica, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip builder.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car back home.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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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.
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