19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Quebec
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
San Jose
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Ferry:  3 h 30 min
5
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: Montreal, Quebec

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. Spend the 23rd (Mon) among the fascinating landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos custom trip planner.

Montreal, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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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.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde itinerary maker.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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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): take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, then look for gifts at Chocolatería Sibú, and finally shop like a local with Galeria Namu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then revel in the low prices at Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Jose itinerary maker.

You can drive from Monteverde to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio National Park.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Chocolatería Sibú, Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): push the limits with an extreme tour and then explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio National Park sightseeing planner.

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi from San Jose to Manuel Antonio National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In January in Manuel Antonio National Park, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

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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 31st (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Santa Teresa.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Santa Teresa trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Manuel Antonio National Park to Santa Teresa by combination of ferry and taxi takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): stroll through Barrigona Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Playa Samara trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): stroll through Playa Conchal, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, and then look for gifts at Lydia Beech Art. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura and then stroll through Playa Avellana.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Playa Samara to Tamarindo by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in February, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall and Miravalles Volcano are good opportunities to explore the local culture.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Area de Conservacion Guanacaste trip generator.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in February, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

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

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