60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
San Jose
— 6 nights
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
3
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 9 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Monteverde
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Uvita
— 4 nights
8
Montezuma
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Tamarindo
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Playas del Coco
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: New York City

6
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 get in some beach time at Ruinas de Ujarras and Museo de los Ninos. For shopping fun, head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours or Poas Volcano. Get out of town with these interesting San Jose side-trips: Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro (in Sarchi), Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Zoo Ave (in Alajuela). Spend the 29th (Wed) exploring ancient history at Guayabo National Park and Monument. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, examine the collection at Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum, contemplate the long history of Cruz de Alajuelita, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana).

Before you visit San Jose, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

New York City, USA to San Jose is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to San Jose is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in May; daily highs in San Jose reach 82°F and lows reach 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Escazu, Alajuela, Guayabo National Park and Monument, Poas Volcano, Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles
Find places to stay May 23 — 29:
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nature Park Walk and Explore Limon. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. Step out of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to go to Puerto Limon and see Veragua Rainforest Park, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Punta Uva Beach, view the masterpieces at Luluberlu Art Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Tarantulas Way, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by bus from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cahuita, Puerto Limon, Manzanillo
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 3:
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

2
nights
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 4th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Tortuguero National Park. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get interesting insight from Tours and then learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero vacation planning website .

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Tours
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 5:
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

9
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.
Catedral de Ciudad Quesada and Onirica Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge and Bogarin Trail. Explore La Fortuna de San Carlos' surroundings by going to Rio Celeste (in Tenorio Volcano National Park), Butterfly Conservatory (in El Castillo) and Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge (in Cano Negro). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), Head underground at Venado Caves, witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, and soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory, Catedral de Ciudad Quesada, Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, Rio Celeste
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 14:
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Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

7
nights
Monteverde

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.
Get in touch with nature at Valle Escondido Preserve and Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa and Viento Fresco Waterfall will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Monteverde side-trips: Centro de Rescate Las Pumas (in Canas) and La Reserva Forest Reserve (in Tilaran). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, delve into the lush surroundings at Children's Eternal Rain Forest, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Tilaran, Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa, Centro de Rescate Las Pumas
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 21:
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Viento Fresco Waterfall ©
Viento Fresco Waterfall
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena

6
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Naturalist Michael Araya Flores and Rainmaker Park. We've included these beaches for you: Parasailing & Paragliding and Zipline. Step out of Manuel Antonio to go to Esterillos Este and see Horseback Riding Tours, which is approximately 56 minutes away. Spend the 25th (Tue) on the water with a fishing tour. Spend the 26th (Wed) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, stroll through Playa Biesanz, get interesting insight from Tours, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip builder 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Horseback Riding Tours, Rainmaker Park
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 27:
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Zipline

4
nights
Uvita

Uvita ©
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.
Appreciate the collections at Parque Reptilandia and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Shop till you drop at Playa Ventanas and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. Spend the 1st (Mon) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take in the exciting artwork at Magic Ananda, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, and kick back and relax at Uvita Beach.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Uvita online trip maker .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Uvita by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Montezuma.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Dominical, Playa Ventanas
Find places to stay Jun 27 — Jul 1:
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Montezuma

Montezuma ©
With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
Shop till you drop at Playa Carmen and Playa Hermosa. Escape the urban bustle at Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve and Playa Santa Teresa. Next up on the itinerary: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, head off the coast to Isla de Cabuya, and view the masterpieces at Bri'ah Art Gallery.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Montezuma trip planner .

Ride a ferry from Uvita to Montezuma in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Montezuma

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Teresa, Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 4:
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve ©

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nosara Refuge for Wildlife and Horseback Riding Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Barrigona Beach and Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playa Samara: Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure), Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project (in Punta Islita) and Nosara (SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary & MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY). There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore and take pictures at Kingfisher Sportfishing, and enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara trip app .

Getting from Montezuma to Playa Samara by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Nosara, Jungle Butterfly Farm, Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 7:
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Horseback Riding Tours
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife

8
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at San Juanillo Beach and Horseback Riding Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Fishing Charters & Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Potrero Beach (in Playa Potrero), Los Piratas de Flamingo (in Playa Flamingo) and Playa Conchal (Playa Conchal & Arenas Blancas). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park, admire all the interesting features of Kingpin Sportfishing, and kick back and relax at Playa Avellana.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Playa Flamingo, San Juanillo, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Potrero Beach
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 15:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
San Juanillo Beach ©
San Juanillo Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours

6
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Zipline and Fishing Charters & Tours. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alessandra Cola Art and Hidden Garden Art Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Playas del Coco: Rincon de La Vieja (Rio Negro Hot Springs & Sensoria Land of Senses), Liberia (Ponderosa Adventure Park, Costa Rica'n Art Craft, & more) and Llanos de Cortez Waterfall (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). And it doesn't end there: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, contemplate the geological forces at Rincon de La Vieja National Park, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Playas del Coco route builder app .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Liberia, Rincon de La Vieja, Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 21:
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Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Zipline

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