19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
2
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
3
Jaco
— 3 nights
4
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
5
Monteverde
— 2 nights
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights

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.
Relax by the water at Playa Conchal and Playa Avellana. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas & Wellness and Tamarindo Jaime Peligro Book Store. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo route maker tool.

Montreal, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montreal to Tamarindo. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Playa Conchal
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Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Spas & Wellness
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

1
night
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 1st (Wed), kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa, look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Montezuma Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa in 4.5 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 Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Carara National Park and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Jaco Beach. There's still lots to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Jaco trip planning app.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Santa Teresa to Jaco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Carara National Park
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Horseback Riding Tours
Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Biesanz and Beso Loco Boutique de Playa. It doesn't end there: stop by Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and see MidWorld Costa Rica.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip maker tool.

Drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices ©
Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Curi Cancha Reserve. Discover out-of-the-way places like Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle and get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde visit planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Paradise Hot Springs and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano. There's lots more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and take in the natural beauty of Rio Chollin.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

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