60 days in Costa Rica & Nicaragua Itinerary

60 days in Costa Rica & Nicaragua Itinerary

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Fly to San Jose, Bus to Tortuguero
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Fly
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Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
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Jaco, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 8 nights
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 8 nights
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Leon, Nicaragua
— 7 nights

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Tortuguero, Costa Rica — 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

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 1st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sendero Cerro Tortuguero and then see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero route builder tool.

San Salvador, El Salvador to Tortuguero is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Salvador in March, expect nights in Tortuguero to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica — 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.
Spend the 3rd (Fri) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarantulas Way, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, and kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Viejo.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca tour site.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Poas Volcano National Park.
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Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Los Chorros Waterfalls and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Refugio de Vida Silvestre Bosque Alegre. On the next day, contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Poas Volcano National Park tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Poas Volcano National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica — 6 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kokopelli (in Sierpe), Dominical (Tico Roots Souvenir Shop & Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary) and Uvita (Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, &more). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at Raindrop Spa, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Poas Volcano National Park to Manuel Antonio in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Jaco.
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Jaco, Costa Rica — 6 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.
Jaco is known for adventure, beaches, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, stroll through Royal Butterflies, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Jaco online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Monteverde.
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Monteverde, Costa Rica — 6 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.
Step out of Monteverde to go to Quebrada Grande and see Middle Earth Thermal Springs, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Monteverde journey maker tool.

Drive from Jaco to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica — 8 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.
When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Butterfly Conservatory - Arenal in El Castillo, approximately El Castillo away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to take a shuttle to San Jose.
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San Jose, Costa Rica — 5 nights

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 San Jose's surroundings by going to Cartago (Jardin Botanico Lankester, Ruins of the Church of Carthage, &more), Else Kientzler Botanical Garden (in Sarchi) and Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center (in Alajuela). The adventure continues: relax in the rural setting at El Toledo Coffee Tour, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, and see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Jose trip planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose by shuttle takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Tamarindo.
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica — 6 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal), Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands & Four Seasons Golf Club) and Costa Rica'n Art Craft (in Liberia). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, stroll through Playa Nacascolo, look for gifts at Urban Eclectic Jewelry, and get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip planner.

Getting from San Jose to Tamarindo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Granada.
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Granada, Nicaragua — 8 nights

La Gran Sultana

The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Granada: Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo), Montibelli Private National Reserve (in Ticuantepe) and Masaya Volcano (in Masaya). There's much more to do: stroll through Islets of Granada, see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo Granada, don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, and soothe aching muscles at Pranamaya Yoga & Thai Massage Studio Playa Maderas.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Granada trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Granada takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Leon.
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Leon, Nicaragua — 7 nights

A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
Go for a jaunt from Leon to Las Penitas to see Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Cerro Negro Volcano, examine the collection at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Calvary Church - Sweet Name of Jesus, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church The Recollection.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Leon visit planner.

Getting from Granada to Leon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 29°C.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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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.
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Nicaragua travel guide

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Churches · Volcanos · Specialty Museums
Still emerging as a major tourist destination, Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America, entices travelers with its rich history and remarkable natural beauty just waiting to be discovered. A holiday in Nicaragua allows you to explore a vibrant culture, scenic beaches, and plenty of spots off the beaten path. Majestic volcanoes, lakes, and forests offer numerous chances for exploration and exciting adventures, while major cities boast splendid colonial architecture. With access to coastlines on both the Pacific and the Caribbean, a vacation in Nicaragua appeals to those looking for thrilling surfing experiences, dramatic views, or a chance to spread out on a deserted tropical beach.
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