18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly
1
San Jose
— 2 nights
Shuttle
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive
3
Playa Hermosa
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Playa Samara
— 1 night
Drive
6
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Taxi to Atenas, Fly to London Gatwick

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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 10th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, look for gifts at Libreria Internacional, and then wander the streets of Multiplaza. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip itinerary website.

London, UK to San Jose is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from London in August, things will get somewhat warmer in San Jose: highs are around 32°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for the shuttle ride to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

5
nights
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.
Onirica Art Gallery and Catedral de Ciudad Quesada are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall. Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, and head outdoors with El Salto.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker.

Getting from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos by shuttle takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Playa Hermosa.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

2
nights
Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa, located in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica, is a popular beach and beach-front resort town.People who visit Playa Hermosa can indulge in swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving, sport fishing or sailing.Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste Province is not to be confused with Playa Hermosa, Puntarenas Province. On the 18th (Fri), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then look for gifts at Lis Umana Beachwear, and then stroll through Playa Hermosa.

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

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playa Hermosa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. On the 19th (Sat), you'll travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

3
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Visiting Playa Conchal and Playa Avellana will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, view the masterpieces at Lydia Beech Art Boutique, look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo online trip planner.

You can drive from Playa Hermosa to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

1
night
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.
On the 23rd (Wed), admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall and then stroll through Samara Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Playa Samara trip planner.

Drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

2
nights
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.
On the 24th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the next day, snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, then stroll through Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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.