46 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

46 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica sightseeing planner

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Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Playas del Coco
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Playas del Coco
— 4 nights
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Tamarindo
— 5 nights
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Playa Samara
— 5 nights
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Monteverde
— 6 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
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San Jose
— 5 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 7 nights
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Playas del Coco

— 4 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.
Explore Playas del Coco's surroundings by going to Church of La Ermita La Agonia (in Liberia) and Miravalles Volcano (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja, stop by Cata Chocolate, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco trip builder website.

Akureyri, Iceland to Playas del Coco is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Akureyri to Playas del Coco is minus 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 21:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo) and Playa Conchal (Playa Conchal & Garra de Leon Golf Course). There's much more to do: stroll through Tamarindo Beach, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, and play a few rounds at Hacienda Pinilla Golf Club.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 26:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Macaw Recovery Network (in Punta Islita), Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure) and Nosara (Nativa Gallery, Playa Guiones, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll through Samara Beach, kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and explore the striking landscape of Barra Honda National Park.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Playa Samara road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 26 — 31:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Monteverde: Superman De Osa (in Puntarenas) and Piedra de Fuego (in Esparza). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, and admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

Plan trip to Monteverde with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Playa Samara to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 6:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and stroll through Playa Biesanz.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 11:

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: Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca), Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico Lankester, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica, and explore the striking landscape of Irazu Volcano National Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Jose trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 16:

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 5 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.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is known for wildlife, beaches, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park, kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Viejo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Punta Uva, and browse the fresh offerings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online tour itinerary 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 21:

Tortuguero

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tortuguero travel route planning tool.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 22:

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos tour planner.

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 your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 22 — 29:

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.