19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Jose
Drive:  1 h 15 min
1
Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Nosara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
7
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Taxi + Bus:  2 h 45 min
End: San Jose

2
nights
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca ©
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vara Blanca: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park), Zoo Ave (in Alajuela) and Galeria Namu (in San Jose). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, tour the pleasant surroundings at Toucan Rescue Ranch, and relax in the rural setting at El Toledo Coffee Tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Vara Blanca sightseeing planner.

San Jose to Vara Blanca is an approximately 1.5- hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

El Toledo Coffee Tour, Poas Volcano, Zoo Ave, Galeria Namu, Toucan Rescue Ranch
Highlights from your plan
El Toledo Coffee Tour ©
El Toledo Coffee Tour
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch

3
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita) and Dominical (Hacienda Baru Lodge & Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store). Next up on the itinerary: see MidWorld Costa Rica and stop by Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary app.

Drive from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Dominical, Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge
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Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Hacienda Baru Lodge ©
Hacienda Baru Lodge

4
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get interesting insight from Tours, and snap pictures at Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip maker.

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 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

3
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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, and kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde tour itinerary builder website.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In December in Monteverde, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nosara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

2
nights
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): stroll through Samara Beach and then view the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Nativa Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Guiones.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nosara trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Nosara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December, daytime highs in Nosara are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Nosara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Samara Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Playa Guiones ©
Playa Guiones

3
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Step out of Tamarindo with an excursion to Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal--about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll through Tamarindo Beach, step aboard Kingpin Sportfishing, view the masterpieces at Lydia Beech Art Boutique, and stop by Papaya Con Leche.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Nosara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Playa Conchal
Highlights from your plan
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

Plan a Tortuguero trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Tortuguero takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Tortuguero when traveling from Tamarindo in December, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

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