60 days in Emirate of Dubai & Costa Rica Itinerary

60 days in Emirate of Dubai & Costa Rica Itinerary

Make it your trip
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 11 nights
Fly
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Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Drive
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Jaco, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nosara, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates — 11 nights

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Treat yourself to a day of pampering on the 25th (Wed) at some of the best spas. Make the 26th (Thu) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Burj Khalifa, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, see Off-Road Tours, and cool off at Wild Wadi Waterpark.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Dubai tour planner.

If you are flying in from United Arab Emirates, the closest major aiports are Dubai International Airport, Sharjah International Airport, Al Maktoum International Airport and Ras Al Khaimah International Airport. In May, daytime highs in Dubai are 44°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to fly to Playas del Coco.
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Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Playas del Coco, Costa Rica — 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Liberia (Tio Leo Coffee Tour,a real cultural experience & Hidden Garden Art Gallery), Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Cataratas Llanos de Cortes (in Bagaces). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tee off at Four Seasons Golf Club, and stroll through Playa Nacascolo.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Playas del Coco vacation planner.

Getting from Dubai to Playas del Coco by flight takes about 21 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Dubai to Playas del Coco. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Golf
Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica — 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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, stroll around Bogarin Trail, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Tortuguero.
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Parks · Tours · Nature · Outdoors
Side Trip

Tortuguero, Costa Rica — 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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero journey website.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica — 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.
Spend the 15th (Wed) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, stroll through Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, and admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip tool.

Drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Jose.
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Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors
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San Jose, Costa Rica — 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Else Kientzler Botanical Garden (in Sarchi), Alajuela (monument of Tomas Guardia & Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico Lankester, gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights, and take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose itinerary planner.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In June, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.
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Parks · Museums · Tours · Nature
Side Trips

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica — 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.
Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Parque Nacional Marino Ballena (in Uvita), Dominical (Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary & Danyasa Eco-Retreat - Bamboo Yoga Play Studio) and Kokopelli (in Sierpe). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, tee off at San Buenas Golf Resort and Spa, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and see what you can catch with Fishing Costa Rica with Big Eye Charters.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio online travel route planner.

You can drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Jaco.
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Jaco, Costa Rica — 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 3rd (Sun) exploring nature at Carara National Park. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, see Off-Road Tours, identify plant and animal life at Costa Rica Dreams Sportfishing, and play a few rounds at Tee Times Costa Rica.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Jaco trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Monteverde.
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Monteverde, Costa Rica — 5 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 8th (Fri) exploring nature at Up in the Cloud Forest. There's much more to do: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk, stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, and catch some excitement at El Trapiche Tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Monteverde takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nosara.
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Nosara, Costa Rica — 3 nights

Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nosara: Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure) and Playa Samara (Barrigona Beach & Samara Beach). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Guiones, stop by Jenstones Gallery, and see what you can catch with Nosara Sea Saw Tours.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nosara road trip app.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Nosara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Side Trips

Tamarindo, Costa Rica — 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Barra Honda National Park (in Nicoya) and Playa Conchal (Garra de Leon Golf Course & Playa Conchal). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, stroll through Tamarindo Beach, and look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Nosara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Emirate of Dubai travel guide

4.2
Observation Decks · Fountains · Shopping Malls
City of Gold
Essentially a desert city with a stunningly advanced urban infrastructure, Emirate of Dubai is one of the seven United Arab Emirates. Home to many different cultures from around the world, Dubai resembles a city-state boasting remarkably diverse culinary and shopping scenes. Its unique position on the Persian Gulf means you can combine both coastal attractions and sophisticated urban delights. Dubai tourism thrives largely thanks to a progressive atmosphere, making it easy for tourists to experience all this city has to offer. Sightseeing in Dubai is hassle-free thanks to what is arguably the best public transport system in the Middle East. Start with Bastakiya district, the last pocket of "Old Dubai" and home to many buildings designed in the traditional style.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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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.
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