18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
5
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
6
San Jose
— 3 nights
7
Jaco
— 3 nights

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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 23rd (Thu): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip itinerary maker.

Toronto, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Toronto to Tamarindo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
4.8

2
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.
On the 25th (Sat), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, then look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, and then get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums
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3
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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, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route site.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Must see
Tabacon Hot Springs
4.4
Volcano
Arenal Volcano
3.5

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

Start your trip to Tortuguero by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Museums
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National Park
Tortuguero National Park
4.4
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Natural History Museum
Sea Turtle Conservancy
4.2

3
nights
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: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio driving holiday site.

Getting from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

3
nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from San Jose to Poas Volcano National Park to see Poas Volcano about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, explore the galleries of Galeria Namu, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Jose trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Volcano
Poas Volcano
4.1
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History Museum
Jade Museum
4.4

3
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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.
Jaco is known for adventure, beaches, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, see Off-Road Tours, stop by Fruity Monkey Poop, and take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Jaco.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaco trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from San Jose to Jaco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping
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Adrenaline / Extreme Tour
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
4.7
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Off-Road Tour
Off-Road Tours
4.7

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