58 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

58 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 1 night
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Poas Volcano National Park
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Tortuguero
— 4 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 6 nights
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Drake Bay
— 5 nights
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Uvita
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
Bus to Jacó, Ferry to Montezuma
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Montezuma
— 4 nights
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Nosara
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
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Playas del Coco
— 5 nights
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Rincon de La Vieja
— 3 nights
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Tenorio Volcano National Park
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Monteverde
— 4 nights
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San Jose
— 1 night
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San Jose — 1 night

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.
To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip itinerary builder tool.

Copenhagen, Denmark to San Jose is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Copenhagen to San Jose is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Copenhagen in December, expect San Jose to be much hotter, temps between 30°C and 22°C. On the 29th (Wed), you'll travel to Poas Volcano National Park.
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Poas Volcano National Park

A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
Discover how to plan a Poas Volcano National Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from San Jose to Poas Volcano National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 29th (Wed), you'll travel to Tortuguero.
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Tortuguero — 4 nights

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tortuguero: Caribbean Botanical Garden (in Guacimo) and Zipline (in Puerto Limon). Spend the 30th (Thu) exploring nature at Tortuguero National Park. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Jungle Tom Safaris Day Tours.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero sightseeing planner.

Getting from Poas Volcano National Park to Tortuguero by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca — 6 nights

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.
Family-friendly places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge will thrill your kids. Take a break from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca with a short trip to Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica in Cahuita, about 42 minutes away. Spend the 5th (Wed) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Playa Puerto Viejo, kick back and relax at Playa Cocles, look for gifts at Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate, and admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip tool.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 8th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Drake Bay.
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Drake Bay — 5 nights

Kids will appreciate attractions like Cano Island and Playa San Josecito. Explore Drake Bay's surroundings by going to Osa Wild (in Puerto Jimenez) and Piedras Blancas National Park (in Golfito).

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Drake Bay travel planner.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Drake Bay by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Uvita.
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Uvita — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. Keep things going the next day: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Uvita trip planner.

Drive from Drake Bay to Uvita in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio — 6 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Family-friendly places like Playa Manuel Antonio and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours will thrill your kids. Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Jaco (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Jaco Beach, &more). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, see Off-Road Tours, and kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz.

To plan Manuel Antonio vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

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 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Montezuma.
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Montezuma — 4 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.
Kids will enjoy Playa Santa Teresa and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore Montezuma's surroundings by going to Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Santa Teresa) and Curu National Wildlife Refuge (in Nicoya). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Montezuma Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and step off the mainland to explore Isla de Cabuya.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Montezuma trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Manuel Antonio to Montezuma in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nosara.
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Nosara — 3 nights

Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Attractions like Playa Guiones and Barrigona Beach make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nosara: Playa Samara (Spas & Samara Beach). It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nosara visit planner.

Traveling by car from Montezuma to Nosara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.
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Tamarindo — 3 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Family-friendly places like Tamarindo Beach and Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates will thrill your kids. Step out of Tamarindo to go to Playa Conchal and see Playa Conchal, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Nosara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.
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Playas del Coco — 5 nights

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.
Kids will enjoy Palo Verde National Park and Four Seasons Golf Club. Change things up with these side-trips from Playas del Coco: Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste), Cataratas Llanos de Cortes (in Bagaces) and Tio Leo Coffee Tour,a real cultural experience (in Liberia). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Nacascolo, kick back and relax at Playas del coco, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rincon de La Vieja.
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Rincon de La Vieja — 3 nights

Attractions like Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja and Miravalles Volcano make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Rio Perdido in Bagaces (about 58 minutes away).

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rincon de La Vieja travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Rincon de La Vieja takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tenorio Volcano National Park.
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Tenorio Volcano National Park — 3 nights

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tenorio Volcano National Park: Katira (Jardin Botanico L'etoile Celeste & Laberinto de Katira) and Chocolate Sibaeli (in San Rafael de Guatuso). Spend the 9th (Wed) exploring nature at Tenorio National Park.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tenorio Volcano National Park travel planning website.

You can drive from Rincon de La Vieja to Tenorio Volcano National Park in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 4 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and La Fortuna Waterfall. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can drive from Tenorio Volcano National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monteverde.
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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.
Kids will enjoy Zipline and El Trapiche Tour. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas).

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Monteverde trip planning site.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to San Jose.
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San Jose — 1 night

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Drive from Monteverde to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 21st (Mon).
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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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Province of Guanacaste travel guide

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