19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Bus to Detroit, Fly to San Jose
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Windsor Airport

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Catedral de Ciudad Quesada and Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). There's lots more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

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Windsor, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 15-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Windsor to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

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 19th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Palo Seco Beach and Playa Matapalo. There's more to do: see MidWorld Costa Rica.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Koss Art Gallery, then admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Guiones. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Samara Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at dondeJavitours.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara driving holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Playa Samara takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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Santa Teresa

A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
On the 27th (Sat), find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa.

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Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Spas

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana, then stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, and finally stop by Papaya Con Leche. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa Conchal.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 31st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trip

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.