19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Quebrada Grande
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano. There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, and hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos journey maker site.

Mexico City, Mexico to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

1
night
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.
For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio visit planning tool.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You will leave for Monteverde on the 20th (Tue).

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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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.
Get outdoors at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Zipline. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Monteverde sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Quebrada Grande.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center ©
Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center

3
nights
Quebrada Grande

Quebrada Grande ©
Escape the urban bustle at Miravalles Volcano and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands. When in Quebrada Grande, make a side trip to see Souvenirs La gran Nicoya in Liberia, approximately Liberia away.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Quebrada Grande online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Quebrada Grande takes 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Quebrada Grande

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Miravalles Volcano ©
Miravalles Volcano
Souvenirs La gran Nicoya ©
Souvenirs La gran Nicoya

4
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Avellana. Step out of the city life by going to Playa Guiones and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Eskina Skate Parq (in Nosara), Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa). Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Lydia Beech Art Boutique and stop by Azul Profundo Boutique.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip planner.

Drive from Quebrada Grande to Tamarindo in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Guiones ©
Playa Guiones

2
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Santa Teresa

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.
On the 30th (Fri), stroll through Playa Hermosa, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa, and then look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Santa Teresa itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Spas
Highlights from your plan
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas & Wellness

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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.
Visit Puerto Viejo Beach and Playa Cocles for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Cahuita National Park and La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita. There's still lots to do: stop by Talamanca Family Art.

Planning Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Getting from Santa Teresa to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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