19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Bus to Malpais, Ferry to Jaco
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Jaco
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Shuttle to Playa Panamá, Fly to Montreal

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Tamarindo

— 3 nights
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 · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Santa Teresa

— 1 night
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 take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Jaco.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Jaco

— 3 nights
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 Zipline. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Jaco Beach. There's still lots to do: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

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 · Nature

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio

— 4 nights
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 Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices. There's more to do: see MidWorld Costa Rica and look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio takes 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 · Tours · Adventure · Beaches

Monteverde

— 2 nights
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 Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. And it doesn't end there: get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk, and take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 nights
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 Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall. There's lots more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery, take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip website.

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

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

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.