18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
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Tortuguero
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Santa Teresa
— 5 nights
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San Jose
— 1 night

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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.
On the 9th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Soledad.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Jose sightseeing planner.

London, UK to San Jose is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 6 hours. In March, San Jose is much warmer than London - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip
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History Museum
Jade Museum
4.4

3
nights
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.
On the 10th (Wed), stroll through Manzanillo Beach. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca travel route planner.

You can drive from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

2
nights
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.
On the 13th (Sat), take a memorable tour with Tours and then learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero online tour planner.

You can take a shuttle from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. March in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Adventure · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip
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Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing
4.5
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Natural History Museum
Sea Turtle Conservancy
4.2

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs and then stroll through Bogarin Trail. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
Highlights from your trip

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): see the top attractions with Rafael Elizondo Nature Tours. On your second day here, browse the exhibits of Arte Jaguar Gallery, relax and rejuvenate at Monteverde Massage, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, and finally examine the collection at Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde tour itinerary builder tool.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Highlights from your trip
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Historic Walking Area
Ecological Sanctuary
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5
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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.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Carmen and Playa Santa Teresa. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Costa Rican Tropical Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Teresa: Montezuma (Montezuma Falls & Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia), Isla de Cabuya (in Cabuya) and Playa Quesera (in Paquera). There's still lots to do: get outside with Taboo Beach Club, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, trot along with Tokpela, and browse the exhibits of Bri'ah Art Gallery.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Santa Teresa road trip planner.

Do a combination of shuttle, ferry, and bus from Monteverde to Santa Teresa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Beach
Playa Carmen
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Island
Isla de Cabuya
4.6

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San Jose

San Jose ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: play a few rounds at Tee Times Costa Rica Golf Tours, see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Santa Teresa to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Golf

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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Specialty Museum
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
4.4

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