18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Train to Paris CDG, Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to Brussels Airport

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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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, take in the exciting artwork at Alas y Raices, and experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour.

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Brussels, Belgium to Monteverde is an approximately 18-hour combination of train, flight, and taxi. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Brussels to Monteverde due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal). Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa.

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Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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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, get interesting insight from Tours, and view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery.

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You can drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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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 19th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

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Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Museums

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, get interesting insight from Tours, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and stop by Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop.

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You can drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. Keep things going the next day: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tirimbina Biological Reserve.

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You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.