51 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

51 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip maker

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Playas del Coco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 6 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
Bus to Malpais, Ferry to Jaco
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Jaco
— 4 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 4 nights
Drive
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Drake Bay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Puerto Jimenez
— 2 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
Drive
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Bagaces
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 4 nights
Taxi to Atenas, Fly to Tel Aviv

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Playas del Coco

— 3 nights

Coco Beach

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands and Playa Hermosa. Step out of Playas del Coco with an excursion to Rio Negro Hot Springs in Rincon de La Vieja--about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 10th (Tue) among the fascinating landscape of Rincon de La Vieja National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and stop by Cata Chocolate.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Playas del Coco trip itinerary planning website.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Playas del Coco is an approximately 22-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Playas del Coco. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 10:

Tamarindo

— 6 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fishing Charters & Tours and Horseback Riding Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Potrero Beach (in Playa Potrero). Spend the 15th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: view the masterpieces at Lydia Beech Art Boutique, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 16:

Playa Samara

— 3 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's still lots to do: see Off-Road Tours, take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall, kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach, and stroll through Samara Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Playa Samara online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 19:

Santa Teresa

— 3 nights
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Explore hidden gems such as Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Spas. Explore Santa Teresa's surroundings by going to Isla de Cabuya (in Cabuya), Horseback Riding Tours (in Montezuma) and Tortuga Island (in Puntarenas). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa and view the masterpieces at Bri'ah Art Gallery.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Santa Teresa road trip planner.

Drive from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Jaco.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 22:

Jaco

— 4 nights
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding and River Rafting & Tubing. Spend the 24th (Tue) exploring nature at Carara National Park. There's lots more to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, get great views at Mirador de Jaco, look for gifts at Fruity Monkey Poop, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Jaco online trip maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Santa Teresa to Jaco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 26:

Manuel Antonio

— 5 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Step off the beaten path and head to Safari Adventures and River Rafting & Tubing. Get out of town with these interesting Manuel Antonio side-trips: Playa Linda (in Playa Matapalo), Los Campesinos Reserve (in Quepos) and Rainmaker Park (in Parrita). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, look for gifts at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, take a leisurely stroll along Marina Pez Vela, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio online itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 26 — 31:

Uvita

— 4 nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Change things up with these side-trips from Uvita: Horseback Riding Tours (in Dominical) and Kokopelli (in Sierpe). There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, and stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Uvita route builder.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 4:

Drake Bay

— 3 nights
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Spend a day of island exploring on the 7th (Tue) at Cano Island.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Drake Bay trip itinerary tool.

You can 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 up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Puerto Jimenez.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 7:

Puerto Jimenez

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Osa Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Jimenez travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Drake Bay to Puerto Jimenez by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or ride a ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Puerto Jimenez

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 4 nights

Walaba

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Punta Uva Beach and Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. The adventure continues: stroll through Nature Observatorio, kick back and relax at Playa Cocles, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stop by Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Jimenez to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 13:

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 6 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Venado Caves and Coffee & Tea Tours. And it doesn't end there: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, learn and have fun at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online vacation builder.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bagaces.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 19:

Bagaces

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Cataratas Llanos de Cortes and then get outside with Rio Perdido. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Palo Verde National Park.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Bagaces tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Bagaces takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Bagaces

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:

Monteverde

— 4 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Monteverde road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Bagaces to Monteverde takes 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 25:

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.