19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Montreal
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  15​h
1
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
bus + ferry:  1​h 30​min
3
Jaco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Montreal

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 off the beaten path and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Spas & Wellness. We've included these beaches for you: Playa Avellana and Playa Conchal.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo custom trip planner.

Montreal, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Tamarindo is minus 1 hour. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Montreal in January, with highs in Tamarindo at 38°C and lows at 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

1
night
Santa Teresa

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa, look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis, and then admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Santa Teresa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Jaco.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Montezuma Falls
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas & Wellness
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

3
nights
Jaco

Jaco ©
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zipline and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Get outdoors at Jaco Beach and Carara National Park. There's still lots to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Jaco trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Santa Teresa to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio National Park.

Things to do in Jaco

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trip

Carara National Park
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Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park
Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach
Zipline

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Zipline and MidWorld Costa Rica. Step out of the city life by going to Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio and Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or ride a ferry. In February, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio National Park can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours

Side Trip

Spas & Wellness
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MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
Monteverde

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.
Visiting Curi Cancha Reserve and Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Bat Jungle and Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio National Park to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal) and Los Lagos Hot Springs. Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and Free Natural Hot Springs.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary planner.

Drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

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