60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

60 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Jose
— 6 nights
2
Manuel Antonio
— 7 nights
3
Uvita
— 6 nights
4
Drake Bay
— 5 nights
5
Tortuguero
— 1 night
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 8 nights
7
Monteverde
— 7 nights
8
Playa Samara
— 5 nights
9
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 5 nights
10
Tamarindo
— 8 nights

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 find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park), Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Cartago (Cartago Central Market, Jardin Botanico Lankester, &more). There's lots more to do: cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica, stroll through Toucan Rescue Ranch, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and stop by Chieton Moren.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary maker app.

Washington DC, USA to San Jose is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Washington DC in June: highs in San Jose hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Cartago, Poas Volcano, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Irazu Volcano National Park, Toucan Rescue Ranch
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 7:
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch

7
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.
Step out of Manuel Antonio with an excursion to Horseback Riding Tours in Jaco--about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, take a memorable tour with Tours, trot along with Rancho Tipico Don Juan, and get the lay of the land with Mike’s Nature Tours.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio sightseeing planner.

Drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Horseback Riding Tours
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 14:
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Fishing Charters & Tours
Rancho Tipico Don Juan ©
Rancho Tipico Don Juan

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Uvita: San Buenas Golf Course and Condos (in Ciudad Cortes) and Kokopelli (in Sierpe). Spend the 16th (Sun) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Chirripo National Park, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, explore the galleries of Magic Ananda, and take in the dramatic scenery at Nauyaca Waterfalls.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Uvita sightseeing planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Uvita by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Dominical, Chirripo National Park, San Buenas Golf Course and Condos, Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica, Kokopelli
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 20:
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Kokopelli ©
Kokopelli
Chirripo National Park ©
Chirripo National Park
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge

5
nights
Drake Bay

Drake Bay ©
Change things up with a short trip to Piedras Blancas National Park in Golfito (about 2h 15 min away). Spend a day of island exploring on the 21st (Fri) at Cano Island.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Drake Bay trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Uvita to Drake Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Piedras Blancas National Park
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 25:
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Cano Island ©
Cano Island
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Piedras Blancas National Park ©
Piedras Blancas National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park. Keep things going the next day: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tortuguero online route planner.

You can drive from Drake Bay to Tortuguero in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Adventure
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy
Kayaking & Canoeing

8
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, trot along with a tour on horseback, witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs, and relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online itinerary 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
Find places to stay Jun 27 — Jul 5:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

7
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Monteverde: Pura Veda Archery (in San Juanillo) and Guacimal River Bridge 2 (in Puntarenas). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, get engrossed in the history at Chorotega Arts & Crafts, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and relax in the rural setting at Finca El Paraiso.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Monteverde online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Pura Veda Archery, Guacimal River Bridge 2, Finca El Paraiso
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 12:
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Playa Samara side-trips: Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure), Nosara (SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, Nativa Gallery, &more) and Nicoya (Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve & Barra Honda National Park). There's lots more to do: stroll through Samara Beach, kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach, view the masterpieces at Koss Art Gallery, and admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall.

For where to stay and other tourist information, use the Playa Samara road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Playa Samara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Nosara, Nicoya, Jungle Butterfly Farm, Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 17:
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Playa Guiones ©
Playa Guiones
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

5
nights
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Get out of town with these interesting Area de Conservacion Guanacaste side-trips: Liberia (Church of La Ermita La Agonia, Souvenir Ocarina, &more). Spend the 20th (Sat) among the fascinating landscape of Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste trip planner.

Drive from Playa Samara to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Liberia, Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 22:
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Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Miravalles Volcano ©
Miravalles Volcano
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands

8
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: Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts (in Playas del Coco), Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa) and Playa Conchal (Playa Conchal & Garra de Leon Golf Course). Saddle up on the 29th (Mon) and explore with a tour on horseback. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo visit planner.

Traveling by car from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Tamarindo takes 2.5 hours. You will leave for home on the 30th (Tue).

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Playa Conchal, Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, Playa Hermosa, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 30:
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

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