18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Playas del Coco
— 4 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk. On your second day here, stroll through Ecological Sanctuary and then look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary maker site.

Atlanta, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. On the 24th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Shopping · Parks

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): kick back and relax at Palo Seco Beach.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip builder tool.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for Santa Teresa on the 27th (Sat).

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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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.
To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Santa Teresa road trip planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa by ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and then play a few rounds at Tee Times Costa Rica Golf Tours. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and then sample the tasty concoctions at Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co..

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read San Jose day trip planning website.

Getting from Santa Teresa to San Jose by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. May in San Jose sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to take a shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Golf

Side Trip

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Tabacon Hot Springs and Los Lagos Hot Springs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Natura Eco Park Costa Rica and Paradise Hot Springs. There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, and take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

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Traveling by shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Playas del Coco

Coco Beach

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Hermosa and The Monkey Farm. Escape the urban bustle at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands and Playa Conchal. Take a break from Playas del Coco with a short trip to Playa Avellana in Playa Avellanas, about 1h 30 min away. There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco trip itinerary builder.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playas del Coco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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.