59 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

59 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner
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Playas del Coco
— 6 nights
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Tamarindo
— 7 nights
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Playa Samara
— 6 nights
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Monteverde
— 7 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 7 nights
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Quepos
— 7 nights
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Jaco
— 6 nights
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San Jose
— 6 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 6 nights
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Playas del Coco — 6 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.
Shop till you drop at Hidden Garden Art Gallery and Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands and Miravalles Volcano. Go for a jaunt from Playas del Coco to Brasilito to see The Beach Chocolate Factory about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tee off at Four Seasons Golf Club, stop by Lis Umana Beachwear, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco.

Plan trip to Playas del Coco with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Vancouver, Canada to Playas del Coco is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Vancouver to Playas del Coco due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.
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Tamarindo — 7 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Avellana and Spas & Wellness. Get a sense of the local culture at La Galeria Centro de Arte and Lydia Beech Art Boutique. 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: wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.
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Playa Samara — 6 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Playa Guiones and Koss Art Gallery. Head to MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY and Tica Surf Bikinisfor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa Samara: Jenstones Gallery (in Nosara) and San Juanillo Beach (in San Juanillo). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach, stroll through Samara Beach, and take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Playa Samara trip planner.

Getting from Tamarindo to Playa Samara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Monteverde.
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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.
Shop till you drop at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and Art House. Do some cultural sightseeing at Catedral de Puntarenas and Sarah's Gallery. When in Monteverde, make a side trip to see Superman De Osa in Puntarenas, approximately Puntarenas away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, and snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Monteverde travel route builder tool.

Drive from Playa Samara to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Catedral de Ciudad Quesada and Termales Los Laureles. Head to Onirica Art Gallery and Souvenir Leofor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, take in the views from Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos journey builder.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Quepos.
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Quepos — 7 nights

The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby Manuel Antonio National Park.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa Biesanz and River Rafting & Tubing. For shopping fun, head to Villa Vanilla Spice Tour & Shop or El O'scars Galleria. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Quepos: Dominical (Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store & Hacienda Baru Lodge). And it doesn't end there: get the lay of the land with Mike’s Nature Tours, hunt for treasures at Farmers Fair (Ferias del Agricultor), look for gifts at Super Joseth, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Quepos online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Quepos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to 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.
Relax by the water at Jaco Beach and Playa Bejuco. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tico Pod Art House & Gifts and Jaco Library and Learning Center. When in Jaco, make a side trip to see The Permaculture Country Club in Esterillos Este, approximately Esterillos Este away. There's lots more to do: explore by horseback at Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for gifts at Fruity Monkey Poop, and take in the views from Tarcoles Bridge.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Jaco vacation website.

Traveling by car from Quepos to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car 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.
Head to Galeria Namu and Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintingsfor plenty of shopping. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica and Guayabo National Monument. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro (in Sarchi), House of the Dreamer - Casa Del Sonador (in Cachi) and Chocolatería Sibú (in San Isidro). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion, look for gifts at Chieton Moren, see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ruins of the Church of Carthage.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip planner.

You can drive from Jaco to San Jose in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. March in San Jose sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca — 6 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Puerto Viejo and La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita. Nature Park Walk and Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 28th (Tue) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, look for gifts at Talamanca Family Art, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Ceiba.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. On the 31st (Fri), you'll travel 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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