19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica travel planner

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San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park), Cartago (Jardin Botanico Lankester & Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles) and Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum (in Orosi). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Irazu Volcano National Park, see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Jose sightseeing app.

Paris, France to San Jose is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Paris to San Jose, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paris in February, things will get much warmer in San Jose: highs are around 30°C and lows about 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

4
nights
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 Jaco (Mirador de Jaco & Zipline). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, stop by Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, take a memorable tour with Tours, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio vacation maker site.

You can drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

1
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Tortuguero

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. February in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

4
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, look for all kinds of wild species at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis.

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Drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, and wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura.

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Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

3
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

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.