18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

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Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Ferry to Malpais, Bus to Santa Teresa
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, and then stop by Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde sightseeing website.

Saskatoon, Canada to Monteverde is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Shopping

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): look for gifts at Talamanca Family Art and then view the masterpieces at Luluberlu Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve and then pick up some local products at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip tool.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Shopping · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

San Jose

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): stroll through Tirimbina Biological Reserve, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and then get into the urban bustle at El Sotano.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Jose trip planning app.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. April in San Jose sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Shopping · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mike’s Nature Tours and Playa Matapalo. Shop till you drop at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and Farmers Fair (Ferias del Agricultor). Go for a jaunt from Manuel Antonio to Dominical to see Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store about 48 minutes away. It doesn't end there: look for gifts at Jaime Peligro Book & CD Shop.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio online trip itinerary 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 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

Jaco

— 2 nights
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
On the 4th (Thu), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then browse the exhibits of Tico Pod Art House & Gifts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): ride a horse along Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding and then stroll through Palo Seco Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Jaco itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Santa Teresa

— 2 nights
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 6th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Santa Teresa trip itinerary maker website.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Jaco to Santa Teresa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sun) before leaving for Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping
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Tamarindo

— 4 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Papaya Con Leche and Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary. Get in touch with nature at International Animal Rescue Costa Rica and River Rafting & Tubing. Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Koss Art Gallery (in Playa Samara), San Juanillo Beach (in San Juanillo) and MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY (in Nosara). Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Lydia Beech Art Boutique, look for gifts at Dolores Shop, and step aboard Kingpin Sportfishing.

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You can drive from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo in 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

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.