18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
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Playa Samara
— 1 night
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Monteverde
— 4 nights

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Manuel Antonio

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Playa Manuel Antonio and Marina Pez Vela. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Walking tours and Parque Nahomi. Venture out of the city with trips to Dominical (Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary & Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store) and Uvita Waterfall (in Uvita). It doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Paris, France to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Walking tour
Walking tours
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Waterfall
Uvita Waterfall
4.3

4
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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.
Bring the kids along to River Rafting & Tubing and Paradise Hot Springs. Explore hidden gems such as Bogarin Trail and ChocoMuseo La Fortuna. And it doesn't end there: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, see Off-Road Tours, stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, and trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

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You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
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Hot Spring
Paradise Hot Springs
4.3

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Tamarindo

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 Pura Aventura and Spas. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates and Playa Hermosa. Go for a jaunt from Tamarindo to Playa Flamingo to see Adrenaline & Extreme Tours about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, and look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Tamarindo trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. December in Tamarindo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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Off-Road Tour
Off-Road Tours
4.9

1
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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 18th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Playa Samara holiday builder tool.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Spas · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Spa
Spas
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Horseback Riding Tour
Horseback Riding Tours
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Waterfall
Belen Waterfall
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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.
Attractions like Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and El Trapiche Tour make great kid-friendly stops. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Bat Jungle and Monteverde Orchid Garden. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas).

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Monteverde sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

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