18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Shuttle
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San Jose
— 4 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Santa Teresa
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Fly to London Gatwick

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Monteverde

— 2 nights
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 25th (Tue): delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip itinerary maker tool.

London, UK to Monteverde is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and taxi. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 5 nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Catedral de Ciudad Quesada and Onirica Art Gallery. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, take a memorable tour with Tours, and get outside with El Salto.

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You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

San Jose

— 4 nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica and Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles (in Cartago) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, browse the exhibits of Galeria Namu, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Jose online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio

— 3 nights
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: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, and get interesting insight from MidWorld Costa Rica.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Beaches

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa trip itinerary website.

Traveling by ferry from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Tamarindo

— 2 nights
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 10th (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa Conchal, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, and then browse the exhibits of Lydia Beech Art Boutique. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Theme Parks

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.