19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
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Monteverde
— 3 nights

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San Jose

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.
Get out of town with these interesting San Jose side-trips: Cartago (Jardin Botanico Lankester & Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles), Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum (in Orosi). The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, and examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose itinerary planner.

Paris, France to San Jose is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 7 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in February; daily highs in San Jose reach 30°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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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.
Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Jaco (Mirador de Jaco & Zipline). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and stop by Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from San Jose to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Zipline
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
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Tortuguero

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.
On the 14th (Fri), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero trip tool.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In February, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

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: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and explore the activities along Lake Arenal.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online tour itinerary planner.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

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Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
When in Tamarindo, make a side trip to see Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal, approximately Playa Conchal away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

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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.
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: look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Monteverde travel route site.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

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