18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Vara Blanca
— 3 nights

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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 4th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, then kick back and relax at Playa Guiones, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach and then kick back and relax at Samara Beach.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Playa Samara visit planner.

Manchester, UK to Playa Samara is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Playa Samara is minus 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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Beach
Samara Beach
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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.
On the 6th (Wed), stroll through Playa Conchal and then find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates. On the next day, stroll through Tamarindo Beach, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Tamarindo trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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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 8th (Fri): stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On your second day here, snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Monteverde visit planner.

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours
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Zipline
4.2
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Historic Walking Area
Santa Elena Skywalk
3.9

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Parque Nahomi, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio travel planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

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1
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Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 12th (Tue), get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero trip app.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. January in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Museums
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National Park
Tortuguero National Park
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Natural History Museum
Sea Turtle Conservancy
4.2

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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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, pick up some new knowledge with ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, and contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano.

Find out how to plan La Fortuna de San Carlos trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Tabacon Hot Springs
4.4
Volcano
Arenal Volcano
3.5

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park), La Virgen (Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park & Tirimbina Biological Reserve) and Los Chorros Waterfalls (in Grecia). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, stroll through La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens, and stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Vara Blanca trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Volcano
Poas Volcano
4.1

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