60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 7 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
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Puerto Jimenez
— 3 nights
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Drake Bay
— 5 nights
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Uvita
— 5 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 7 nights
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Jaco
— 6 nights
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Monteverde
— 6 nights
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Playa Samara
— 4 nights
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Tamarindo
— 6 nights
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Playas del Coco
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 7 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Paradise Hot Springs and Arenal 1968 Volcano View & Trails. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos with an excursion to Butterfly Conservatory - Arenal in El Castillo--about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning app.

London, UK to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca — 5 nights

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature Observatorio and Playa Punta Uva. Spend the 20th (Fri) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stroll through Tarantulas Way.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca sightseeing planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Jimenez.
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Puerto Jimenez — 3 nights

You'll discover tucked-away gems like Osa Wild and Dolphin & Whale Watching.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Jimenez online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Puerto Jimenez in 7 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Drake Bay.
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Drake Bay — 5 nights

Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Playa San Josecito. Change things up with a short trip to Quebrada Cuervo in Loma (about 40 minutes away). Spend a day of island exploring on the 26th (Thu) at Cano Island.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Drake Bay trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Puerto Jimenez to Drake Bay by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or ride a ferry. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge and Kokopelli. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Uvita: Dominical (Dominicalito Beach & Horseback Riding Tours). There's lots more to do: stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and take in the exciting artwork at Magic Ananda.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Uvita day trip planning website.

Getting from Drake Bay to Uvita by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio — 7 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Step off the beaten path and head to Safari Adventures and Marina Pez Vela. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Rainmaker Park (in Parrita), Playa Linda (in Playa Matapalo) and Isla Damas (in Puntarenas). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, indulge in some personalized pampering at Raindrop Spa, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio day trip website.

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Jaco.
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Jaco — 6 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Carara National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jaco: Playa Bejuco (in Esterillos Este), Palo Seco Beach (in Parrita) and El Toledo Coffee Tour (in Atenas). There's much more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the views from Tarcoles Bridge, and stroll through Royal Butterflies.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Jaco tour website.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Jaco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Monteverde.
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Monteverde — 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Natuwa Wildlife Santuary. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, get outside with Outdoor Activities, admire the sheer force of San Luis Waterfall, and admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas).

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Jaco to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa Guiones and Horseback Riding Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Room Escape Games in Nosara (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Carrillo, and step aboard Kingfisher Sportfishing.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara trip tool.

Drive from Monteverde to Playa Samara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.
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Tamarindo — 6 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore hidden gems such as Shark Diving and Spas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Potrero Beach (in Playa Potrero). Spend the 2nd (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, sample the tasty concoctions at Volcano Brewing Company, step aboard Kingpin Sportfishing, and find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo online trip planner.

Drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Playas del Coco.
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Playas del Coco — 5 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 hidden gems such as Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands and Playa Hermosa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playas del Coco: Liberia (Nahua, Costa Rica'n Art Craft, &more) and Cataratas Llanos de Cortes (in Bagaces). Spend the 7th (Tue) among the fascinating landscape of Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hope Fellowship, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Playas del Coco trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight 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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