52 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

52 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 8 nights
2
La Virgen
— 1 night
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
4
Cahuita
— 5 nights
5
Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
6
Tamarindo
— 8 nights
7
Monteverde
— 8 nights
8
Manuel Antonio
— 7 nights
9
Uvita
— 6 nights
10
San Jose
— 6 nights

8
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.
Visiting La Fortuna Waterfall and Arenal Natura Ecological Park will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Butterfly Conservatory and Venado Caves. There's much more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, trek along Arenal 1968 Trail, and relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos journey planner.

Montreal, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. Traveling from Montreal to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to La Virgen.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Safaris
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

1
night
La Virgen

Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then stroll through Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read La Virgen trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to La Virgen takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Virgen

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature 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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tortuguero trip itinerary planner.

Drive from La Virgen to Tortuguero in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Cahuita.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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

5
nights
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Punta Uva Beach and Nature Observatorio. Get outdoors at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Cocles, take in the dramatic scenery at Cataratas Bribri Talamanca, pick up some local products at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cahuita road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Cahuita takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Nature Observatorio, Cataratas Bribri Talamanca
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

1
night
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
On the 6th (Thu), admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Poas Volcano.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Poas Volcano National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Cahuita to Poas Volcano National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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.
Visiting Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Off-Road Tours will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Playa Hermosa and Potrero Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Playas del Coco (River Rafting & Tubing, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more), Horseback Riding Tours (in Playa Samara) and Liberia (Hidden Garden Art Gallery & Costa Rica'n Art Craft). Next up on the itinerary: cast your line with a fishing tour, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Poas Volcano National Park to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Playa Flamingo, Liberia, Potrero Beach, Playa Hermosa
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin & Whale Watching

8
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 hidden gems such as Viento Fresco Waterfall and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Ecological Sanctuary. Take a break from Monteverde with a short trip to Centro de Rescate Las Pumas in Canas, about 1h 45 min away. Spend the 22nd (Sat) exploring nature at Up in the Cloud Forest. There's much more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, and get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Monteverde day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Viento Fresco Waterfall, Centro de Rescate Las Pumas
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Viento Fresco Waterfall ©
Viento Fresco Waterfall
Valle Escondido Preserve ©
Valle Escondido Preserve

7
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Manuel Antonio and Horseback Riding Tours. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Off-Road Tours and Rainmaker Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Mirador de Jaco & Zipline). Next up on the itinerary: get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, walk around Parque Nahomi, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning app.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Quepos, Jaco, Rainmaker Park
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Walking tours

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Uvita Beach and Playa Ventanas. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Horseback Riding Tours. Go for a jaunt from Uvita to Sierpe to see Kokopelli about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Oro Verde Biological Reserve.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Uvita road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Dominical, Playa Ventanas, Kokopelli
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Kokopelli ©
Kokopelli
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

6
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as River Rafting & Tubing and Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Irazu Volcano National Park. Change things up with a short trip to Jardin Botanico Lankester in Cartago (about 52 minutes away). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Parque Diversiones, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana), and view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Uvita to San Jose takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in San Jose are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center, Irazu Volcano National Park, Jardin Botanico Lankester, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Parque Diversiones ©
Parque Diversiones

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