18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— Few hours
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San Jose
— 6 nights
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
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Playa Samara
— 5 nights
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Tamarindo
— 2 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.
To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker website.

Quebec City, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. You will leave for San Jose on the 12th (Sun).

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

6
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and Guayabo National Monument. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion and Museo de Arte Costarricense. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Cartago (Cartago Central Market & Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles). Next up on the itinerary: have fun and explore at Museo de los Ninos, wander the streets of Multiplaza, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

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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 February in San Jose, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Guayabo National Monument ©
Guayabo National Monument

3
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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.
Popular historic sites such as Catedral de Puntarenas and Santa Elena Skywalk are in your itinerary. Visiting Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena will get you outdoors. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Reserva Biologica Isla del Cano and get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde online trip planner.

Getting from San Jose to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Reserva Biologica Isla del Cano ©
Reserva Biologica Isla del Cano

5
nights
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Explore hidden gems such as SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary and Belen Waterfall. Relax by the water at Barrigona Beach and Playa Guiones. Venture out of the city with trips to Nosara (Nativa Gallery, Spas & Wellness, &more). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Samara Beach, explore the galleries of Koss Art Gallery, and step aboard Kingfisher Sportfishing.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara holiday builder site.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Playa Samara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary

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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 hidden gems such as Playa Hermosa and Lydia Beech Art Boutique. Take a break from the city and head to Tamarindo Beach and Playa Avellana. Take a break from Tamarindo with a short trip to Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal, about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo road trip planning site.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

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