57 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

57 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica vacation planner

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San Jose
— 5 nights
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Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
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Jaco
— 5 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
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Drake Bay
— 4 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
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Tortuguero
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 8 nights
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Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo
— 5 nights
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Playa Samara
— 5 nights
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Monteverde
— 7 nights
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San Jose

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Alajuela (Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center & Teatro Municipal), Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles (in Cartago) and Sarchi (Mariposas Sarchi & Else Kientzler Botanical Garden). There's still lots to do: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Jose trip itinerary app.

London, UK to San Jose is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in March, things will get much warmer in San Jose: highs are around 32°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Tours · Parks · Nightlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 1 — 6:

Vara Blanca

— 2 nights
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then admire the verdant scenery at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): get impressive views of Poas Volcano, then take in the dramatic scenery at Los Chorros Waterfalls, and then take in the pleasant sights at Parque Central De Grecia.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca trip planner.

You can drive from San Jose to Vara Blanca in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 6 — 8:

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.
Spend the 11th (Thu) exploring nature at Carara National Park. And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Jaco Beach, see majestic marine mammals with Costa Rica Dreams Sportfishing, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Jaco trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to Jaco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 8 — 13:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Dominical (Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store & Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary) and Uvita (Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge & Parque Nacional Marino Ballena). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and see Off-Road Tours.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio itinerary maker site.

Drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 13 — 18:

Drake Bay

— 4 nights
Change things up with a short trip to Corcovado National Park in Carate (about 1h 10 min away). Spend a day of island exploring on the 20th (Sat) at Cano Island.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Drake Bay day trip site.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 18 — 22:

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.
Spend the 24th (Wed) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. Spend the 27th (Sat) exploring nature at La Amistad International Park. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, stroll through Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 22 — 27:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then take an exotic tour of Jungle Tom Safaris Day Tours.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in March, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 29:

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis, and snap pictures at Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip site.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 6:

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

— 3 nights
Change things up with a short trip to Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge in Cuajiniquil (about 42 minutes away). On the 7th (Wed), spend a day delving into the history of Parque Nacional Santa Rosa.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste planning tool.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 6 — 9:

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.
Explore Tamarindo's surroundings by going to Playa Conchal (Garra de Leon Golf Course & Playa Conchal), Playa Nacascolo (in Gulf of Papagayo) and Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, get engrossed in the history at Church of La Ermita La Agonia, and admire the sheer force of Cataratas Llanos de Cortes.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo driving holiday planner.

Drive from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Tamarindo in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 9 — 14:

Playa Samara

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Playa Samara: Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure), Nosara (MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, Playa Guiones, &more) and Barra Honda National Park (in Nicoya). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at dondeJavitours, admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara online tour itinerary maker.

Getting from Tamarindo to Playa Samara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 19:

Monteverde

— 7 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.
Spend the 23rd (Fri) exploring nature at Up in the Cloud Forest. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, examine the collection at Chorotega Arts & Crafts, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 26:

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.