19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
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San Jose
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
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Santa Teresa
— 1 night
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo
— 1 night
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Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 3 nights

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, surround yourself with nature on Ecocentro Danaus, and hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

Montreal, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

3
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. The adventure continues: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk, and stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, then stop by Chocolatería Sibú, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu. On the next day, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then get some fabulous bargains at Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Jose road trip app.

You can drive from Monteverde to San Jose in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to take a shuttle to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Shopping · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): see MidWorld Costa Rica.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio driving holiday app.

Traveling by shuttle from San Jose to Manuel Antonio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You will leave for Santa Teresa on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Highlights from your plan
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

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.
On the 31st (Tue), stroll through Playa Hermosa and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Santa Teresa.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Santa Teresa trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa by ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

2
nights
Playa Samara

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.
On the 1st (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach and then kick back and relax at Samara Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Playa Samara road trip website.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

1
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Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 2nd (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and then browse the exhibits of Lydia Beech Art Boutique. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

3
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Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste is known for parks, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get impressive views of Miravalles Volcano.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Miravalles Volcano ©
Miravalles Volcano

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