46 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

46 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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46 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Akureyri
Fly + Drive:  22​h 15​min
1
Playas del Coco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Tamarindo
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Playa Samara
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Monteverde
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
bus:  3​h
6
San Jose
— 5 nights
7
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
8
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 7 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Akureyri

4
nights
Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Playas del Coco side-trips: Church of La Ermita La Agonia (in Liberia) and Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja, & more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Rincon de La Vieja National Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Nacascolo.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco sightseeing planner .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Rincon de La Vieja National Park, Playa Nacascolo, Church of La Ermita La Agonia
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 21:
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Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

5
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo) and Playa Conchal (Playa Conchal & Garra de Leon Golf Course). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, and look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 26:
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

5
nights
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
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 - Formerly The Ara Project (in Punta Islita), Nosara (Nativa Gallery, Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), & more) and Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach, explore the striking landscape of Barra Honda National Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall, and take in the exciting artwork at Koss Art Gallery.

For traveler tips and tourist information, read Playa Samara tour itinerary builder app .

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

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nosara, Barra Honda National Park, Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project, Playa Islita, Jungle Butterfly Farm
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 31:
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)

6
nights
Monteverde

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Explore Monteverde's surroundings by going to Puntarenas (Guacimal River Bridge 2 & Superman De Osa) and Piedra de Fuego (in Esparza). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), and snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde road trip site .

You can drive from Playa Samara to Monteverde in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Puntarenas, Piedra de Fuego
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 6:
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

5
nights
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
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 Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and walk around Parque Nahomi.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio road trip website .

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Quepos, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Horseback Riding Tours
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 11:
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park

5
nights
San Jose

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 San Jose's surroundings by going to Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park), Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro). There's lots more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico Lankester, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose road trip site .

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

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cartago, Poas Volcano, Toucan Rescue Ranch, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Irazu Volcano National Park
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 16:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park

5
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
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 beaches, spas, adventure, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park, identify plant and animal life at Tarantulas Way, kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach, and get your game on at Yesland Mini Golf.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca travel route builder tool .

Take a bus from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio, Redfrogteam Biological Station, Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 21:
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Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
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 22nd (Sun), see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tortuguero National Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Tortuguero road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. September in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Museums
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 22:
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

7
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, and identify plant and animal life at Proyecto Asis.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planning tool .

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 up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 29:
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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