18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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Drake Bay
— 3 nights

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San Jose

San Jose ©
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.
On the 16th (Thu), view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Jose trip maker.

Mexico City, Mexico to San Jose is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mexico City in January, you will find days in San Jose are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are much warmer (21°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can take a shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

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Art Gallery
Galeria Namu
4.9

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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.
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, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to La Fortuna de San Carlos fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos by shuttle takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Must see
Tabacon Hot Springs
4.4
Volcano
Arenal Volcano
3.5

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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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, and look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Monteverde trip builder site.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Shopping
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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 find plenty of places to visit near Santa Teresa: Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve (in Nicoya) and Montezuma (Montezuma Falls & Spas & Wellness). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Santa Teresa road trip website.

You can drive from Monteverde to Santa Teresa in 5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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Waterfall
Montezuma Falls
4.5

3
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Manuel Antonio

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.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by ferry from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
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Drake Bay

Drake Bay ©
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Corcovado National Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Drake Bay trip planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

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National Park
Corcovado National Park
4.4
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Island
Cano Island
4.0

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