19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Vara Blanca
— 1 day
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
3
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
4
Nicoya
— 1 night
5
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
6
Monteverde
— 2 nights
7
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
8
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
9
Cahuita
— 3 nights

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Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 27th (Mon), get impressive views of Poas Volcano and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca online driving holiday planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Vara Blanca is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Santa Teresa.

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Volcano
Poas Volcano
4.1

2
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.
On the 28th (Tue), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis, admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls, and then kick back and relax at Playa Carmen.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa trip maker.

You can drive from Vara Blanca to Santa Teresa in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

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Must see
Playa Hermosa
4.3
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Playa Carmen
4.4

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Samara Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Guiones, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a tour of Kingfisher Sportfishing, enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at dondeJavitours.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Playa Samara road trip planning app.

Getting from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Nicoya.

Things to do in Playa Samara

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Barrigona Beach
4.7
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Beach
Samara Beach
4.4

1
night
Nicoya

Nicoya ©
Nicoya, a city on the Nicoya Peninsula of the Guanacaste province, Costa Rica, is one of the country's most important tourist zones; it serves as a transport hub to Guanacaste's beaches and national parks. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manzanillo and then enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Carrillo.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nicoya trip planner.

Getting from Playa Samara to Nicoya by car takes about an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Nicoya

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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2
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Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playa Avellana and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo travel route planner.

You can drive from Nicoya to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Monteverde.

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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
4.5

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde route builder site.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours
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2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Spas · Outdoors
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Must see
Tabacon Hot Springs
4.4

2
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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.
On the 11th (Sat), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll set off for Cahuita on the 12th (Sun).

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa
5.0

3
nights
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Visit Playa Cocles and La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Cahuita National Park and Puerto Viejo Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Cahuita trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Cahuita takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in March, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cahuita

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