18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Lisbon
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Bus:  9 h 30 min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Shuttle:  1 h
3
Jaco
— 3 nights
Ferry + Taxi:  3 h
4
Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  20 h 15 min
End: Lisbon

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: cool off at Termales Los Laureles, look for gifts at Souvenir Leo, take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder site.

Lisbon, Portugal to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 22- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Lisbon to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Spas Nature Parks

Side Trip

Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park ©
Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
Monteverde

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at La Amistad International Park and Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, and kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

La Amistad International Park
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
La Amistad International Park ©
La Amistad International Park
Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center ©
Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center

3
nights
Jaco

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): get interesting insight from Tours and then stop by Carton the Surf Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Costa Rica SUP'ers, play a few rounds at Tee Times Costa Rica, and then stop by Jimmy T's Provisions.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Jaco trip planner.

You can take a shuttle from Monteverde to Jaco in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Golf Tours

Side Trip

Herradura
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Jimmy T's Provisions ©
Jimmy T's Provisions

3
nights
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nosara Refuge for Wildlife and Water Dreams Costa Rica. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa Samara: Nosara (Eskina Skate Parq & MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, browse the exhibits of Koss Art Gallery, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara road trip tool.

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Jaco to Playa Samara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Nosara
Highlights from your plan
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Belen Waterfall ©
Belen Waterfall
Koss Art Gallery ©
Koss Art Gallery

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Papaya Con Leche and Playa Avellana. There's still lots to do: stop by Secret Spot VIP Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Papaya Con Leche ©
Papaya Con Leche
Diamante Boutique ©
Diamante Boutique

2
nights
Playas del Coco

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take a memorable tour with Tours and then stop by Lis Umana Beachwear.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco trip planner.

Drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

The Beach Chocolate Factory
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Lis Umana Beachwear ©
Lis Umana Beachwear
The Beach Chocolate Factory ©
The Beach Chocolate Factory

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