18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica attractions planner

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Drake Bay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Fly
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Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to La Fortuna Waterfall and Tabacon Hot Springs. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis, and take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning site.

Tel Aviv, Israel to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Manuel Antonio and River Rafting & Tubing. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Drake Bay

— 3 nights
Get outdoors at Corcovado National Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Spend a day of island exploring on the 9th (Thu) at Cano Island.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Drake Bay trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Monteverde

— 1 night
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 10th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde trip maker.

Drive from Drake Bay to Monteverde in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

Tamarindo

— 3 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Conchal. Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Step out of Tamarindo to go to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste and see Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's more to do: get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates and tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo online trip builder.

Drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Poas Volcano National Park

— 1 night
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens, then join in the after-dark buzz at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, and then contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Poas Volcano National Park journey site.

Fly from Tamarindo to Poas Volcano National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Nightlife

Side Trips

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.