60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica vacation planner
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 8 nights
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Monteverde
— 6 nights
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Nosara
— 4 nights
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Tamarindo
— 6 nights
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San Jose
— 5 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
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Drake Bay
— 5 nights
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Uvita
— 6 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 7 nights
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Jaco
— 7 nights
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like River Rafting & Tubing 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, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bogarin Trail, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos travel itinerary planner.

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 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Bring the kids along to Zipline and Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. There's still lots to do: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, and experience the excitement of El Trapiche Tour.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde road trip planning app.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nosara.
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Nosara — 4 nights

Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Playa Guiones and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore Nosara's surroundings by going to Playa Samara (Samara Beach & Barrigona Beach) and Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure). There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at Love Nosara, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nosara vacation planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Nosara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Nosara can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates. Explore Tamarindo's surroundings by going to Sea Star Souvenir (in Brasilito), Playa Conchal (Garra de Leon Golf Course & Playa Conchal) and Gulf of Papagayo (Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica Golf Course & Playa Nacascolo). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo day trip planning app.

You can drive from Nosara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to fly to San Jose.
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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.
Kids will enjoy Photography Tours and Museo Nacional De Costa Rica. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center (in Alajuela), River Rafting & Tubing (in Turrialba) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Irazu Volcano National Park, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico Lankester, and take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Tamarindo to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Tamarindo in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 22°C in San Jose. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.
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Tortuguero — 1 night

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 31st (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero road trip app.

You can drive from San Jose to Tortuguero in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca — 4 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.
Bring the kids along to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Nature Observatorio. Spend the 2nd (Mon) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Puerto Viejo and take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca attractions planning site.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Drake Bay.
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Drake Bay — 5 nights

Kids will appreciate attractions like Cano Island and Naturaseekers. Change things up with these side-trips from Drake Bay: Piedras Blancas National Park (in Golfito) and Osa Wild (in Puerto Jimenez).

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Drake Bay online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Drake Bay takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Uvita.
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Uvita — 6 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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and Off-Road Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Kokopelli (in Sierpe) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Ballena). There's much more to do: ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, stop by Tico Roots Souvenir Shop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Oro Verde Biological Reserve, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Uvita journey planning tool.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Uvita takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Playa Manuel Antonio and Off-Road Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Rainmaker Park (in Parrita) and Savegre River (in Savegre). There's still lots to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, look for gifts at Jungle Avenue, kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, and admire the sheer force of Tropical Waterfalls Tour.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio day trip planning tool.

Getting from Uvita to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Jaco.
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Jaco — 7 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Zipline and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Take a break from Jaco with a short trip to Playa Bejuco in Esterillos Este, about 34 minutes away. Spend the 25th (Wed) exploring nature at Carara National Park. There's much more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, see Off-Road Tours, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and stroll through Royal Butterflies.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaco vacation planning app.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) 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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