18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Bogota
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Bus:  9 h 30 min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Nosara
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
6
Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  12 h 45 min
End: Bogota

2
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, snap pictures at Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip website.

Bogota, Colombia to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 9.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bogota to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Ecotermales Fortuna ©
Ecotermales Fortuna

2
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 ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): look for gifts at Meli Melo Boutique, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Manuel Antonio vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Adventure Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Meli Melo Boutique
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa ©
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa
Meli Melo Boutique ©
Meli Melo Boutique

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Bat Jungle and Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center. There's much more to do: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Monteverde are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

3
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
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 Lydia Beech Art Boutique and Playa Avellana. When in Tamarindo, make a side trip to see Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal, approximately Playa Conchal away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Tamarindo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nosara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Playa Conchal
Highlights from your plan
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Lydia Beech Art Boutique ©
Lydia Beech Art Boutique
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

3
nights
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Explore hidden gems such as Nosara Refuge for Wildlife and Eskina Skate Parq. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nosara: Playa Samara (Samara Beach & Kingfisher Sportfishing). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Guiones, take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, and stop by Nativa Gallery.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nosara day trip tool.

Getting from Tamarindo to Nosara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Nosara are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Nosara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Samara
Highlights from your plan
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Playa Guiones ©
Playa Guiones

3
nights
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa Hermosa and Spas & Wellness. Take a break from Santa Teresa with a short trip to Montezuma Falls in Montezuma, about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Playa Santa Teresa, stop by Tica Surf Bikinis, and get a taste of life in the country at Sunrise Ranch.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Nosara to Santa Teresa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sunrise Ranch, Montezuma Falls
Highlights from your plan
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls

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