46 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

46 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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

5
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo) and Playa Conchal (Playa Conchal & Garra de Leon Golf Course). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana, see Off-Road Tours, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

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Pittsburgh, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Pittsburgh to Tamarindo is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Playa Conchal, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa Samara: Barra Honda National Park (in Nicoya), Nosara (MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, Playa Guiones, &more) and Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Playa Samara planning app.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Nosara, Nicoya, Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project, Jungle Butterfly Farm, Playa Islita
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Playa Guiones ©
Playa Guiones
Barra Honda National Park ©
Barra Honda National Park

5
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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), and take an in-depth tour of Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde visit planning tool.

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 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

1
night
Carara

Carara ©
On the 15th (Sat), see Vic-Tours.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Carara trip builder.

Drive from Monteverde to Carara in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Carara

Wildlife · Outdoors · Adventure
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Vic-Tours ©
Vic-Tours

4
nights
Drake Bay

Drake Bay ©
Go for a jaunt from Drake Bay to Carate to see Corcovado National Park about 1h 10 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 17th (Mon) at Cano Island.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Drake Bay trip maker.

Traveling by car from Carara to Drake Bay takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Corcovado National Park
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Cano Island ©
Cano Island
Corcovado National Park ©
Corcovado National Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Mirador de Jaco, Zipline, &more) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Dominical). There's much more to do: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, take a memorable tour with Tours, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio road trip website.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Quepos, Jaco, Parasailing & Paragliding
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Zipline

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: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park), Else Kientzler Botanical Garden (in Sarchi) and Cartago (Solo Rosas, Jardin Botanico Lankester, &more). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In August, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Cartago, Poas Volcano, Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center, Irazu Volcano National Park, Else Kientzler Botanical Garden
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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 31st (Mon), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Tortuguero takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Traveling from San Jose in August, Tortuguero is a bit warmer at night with lows of 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Outdoors
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo (about 38 minutes away). The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos route builder app.

Getting from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Liberia.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

6
nights
Liberia

Liberia ©
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa), Shark Diving (in Playas del Coco) and Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands & Miravalles Volcano). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Rincon de La Vieja National Park, sample the tasty concoctions at Maderos Brewery, explore the striking landscape of Palo Verde National Park, and take in the exciting artwork at Hidden Garden Art Gallery.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Liberia trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Liberia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Liberia

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Province of Guanacaste, Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Playa Hermosa, Shark Diving
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Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Shark Diving
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands

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