46 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

46 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Playas del Coco
— 4 nights
2
Tamarindo
— 5 nights
3
Playa Samara
— 5 nights
4
Monteverde
— 6 nights
5
Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
6
San Jose
— 5 nights
7
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
8
Tortuguero
— 1 night
9
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 7 nights

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.
Explore Playas del Coco's surroundings by going to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja & Miravalles Volcano) and Church of La Ermita La Agonia (in Liberia). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Rincon de La Vieja National Park, 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

Side Trips

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Church of La Ermita La Agonia, Playa Nacascolo, Rincon de La Vieja National Park
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Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Shark Diving
Miravalles Volcano ©
Miravalles Volcano

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Conchal (Playa Conchal & Garra de Leon Golf Course) and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo). 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

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

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 Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure), Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project (in Punta Islita) 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; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nosara, Jungle Butterfly Farm, Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project, Playa Islita, Barra Honda National Park
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 31:
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Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Playa Guiones ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Monteverde: Piedra de Fuego (in Esparza) and Puntarenas (Guacimal River Bridge 2 & Superman De Osa). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk, view the masterpieces at Sarah's Gallery, 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 do a combination of bus and shuttle; or 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

Side Trips

Puntarenas, Piedra de Fuego
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este) and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, stroll through Playa Biesanz, cast your line with a fishing tour, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Horseback Riding Tours, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park

5
nights
San Jose

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.
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). There's lots more to do: cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park, and examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

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

Drive from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. September in San Jose sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. 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 Outdoors

Side Trips

Cartago, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Poas Volcano, Toucan Rescue Ranch, Irazu Volcano National Park
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Jardin Botanico Lankester ©
Jardin Botanico Lankester

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 wildlife, beaches, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park, kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Uva Beach, 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 Outdoors

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio, Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Redfrogteam Biological Station
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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.
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 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °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

Nature Parks Museums
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

7
nights
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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get interesting insight from Tours, 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

Side Trip

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

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