18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 3 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 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
— 1 night
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles (in Cartago). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, have fun and explore at Museo de los Ninos, take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica, and stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose road trip app.

Paris, France to San Jose is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Paris to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in March, with highs in San Jose at 32°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Childrens Museums · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Walaba

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
On the 22nd (Sun), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarantulas Way. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca visit planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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 24th (Tue): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park, and then learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. March in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

4
nights
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: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip site.

Getting from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): stroll through La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Vara Blanca road trip site.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Mirador de Jaco & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, walk around Parque Nahomi, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

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