This fun, five-day Costa Rica itinerary takes in many of the country's natural highlights, from wildlife reserves to beautiful beaches. Enjoy a combination of outdoor activity and relaxation, structured and free time, to ensure your quick trip to Monteverde and Samara is just what you want it to be. As this is a self-driving tour you can go at your own pace.

Highlights

  • Tour the rainforest canopy on a guided Sky Walk
  • Whizz through the forest on a thrilling zip line
  • Relax on the beach and go swimming at Playa Samara
  • Spot monkeys, birds, and butterflies at the Werner Sauter Biological Reserve

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Liberia - Drive to Monteverde Monteverde
Day 2 Sky Walk, Sky Tram and Sky Trek Zipline Monteverde
Day 3 Monteverde to Sámara Beach Sámara
Day 4 Samara Beach - Free day Sámara
Day 5 Samara drive to Liberia  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Liberia - Drive to Monteverde

View of the valley, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
View of the valley, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Welcome to Costa Rica! Liberia is the northern hub of Guanacaste Province, an area famous for both its Pacific beaches and mountainous regions inland. 

After touching down at Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport, you'll pick up your rental car and drive about 2.5 hours east to Monteverde Cloud Forest National Park. After checking into your hotel, you'll have the rest of the day to explore on your own.

Day 2: Sky Walk, Sky Tram and Sky Trek Zipline

Zip-lining in Monteverde
Zip-lining in Monteverde

Sky Adventures Monteverde Park is an aerial amusement park that takes jungle excitement to the next level. Its network of gondolas transport visitors from one adrenaline-pumping activity to another. Start with a guided Sky Walk, which combines trails and suspension bridges that reach heights of up to 984 feet (300 m.) in the air. The flora and fauna of the forest will be on full display, and your guides will point out the most interesting specimens. Later, you'll ride in an open-air Sky Tram gondola, for sweeping views over the mountains.

Upon reaching the end of the line, the exhilarating adventure of whizzing down the mountain begins. You will connect to a zip-line cable that stretches over the treetops and across canyons, ultimately returning you to the starting point at Sky Adventures' main building. Sky Trek is often considered the most thrilling zip line in the country.

Day 3: Monteverde to Sámara Beach

Plenty of beaches in Nicoya Peninsula
Beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula

Today the Pacific Coast is in your sights. Depart Monteverde for the beautiful coastal hamlet of Playa Sámara (Sámara Beach), on the Nicoya Peninsula’s western shore. Famed for its golden sand and gentle waves, Sámara Beach is one of the safest in the country. The area teems with tropical life, has a thriving fishing and farming economy, and its laid-back feel makes it a favorite with travelers.

You have a lot of options at Playa Sámara: play and relax in the sand and sun, snorkel through the aquamarine waters, or sign up for a surfing lesson in mellow waves, ideal for novices. You can also explore experience the region’s rich sea life aboard a whale, dolphin, or turtle-watching tour. 

There’s plenty to do beyond the beach, too. Take a guided hike through a mango plantation (where you’re welcome to eat all the mangoes you like), and into the Werner Sauter Biological Preserve to spot monkeys, birds, and butterflies. You can also go on a horseback trek, starting along the water and heading into the hills to see iguanas, birds, and more.

Day 4: Samara Beach - Free day

Sloth Beer
Sloth bear

Today you can take your time on a free day. Relax on the beach or try sea kayaking, snorkeling, horseback riding, zip lining, and more.

Day 5: Samara drive to Liberia

Costa Rica has many beautiful beaches

It's time to say goodbye to the beach, and beautiful Costa Rica. After breakfast, drive back to Liberia, drop off your car, and connect to your flight.

Map

Map of Monteverde & Samara - 5 Days
Map of Monteverde & Samara - 5 Days