19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica holiday maker

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
7
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to Lester B. Pearson International Airport

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Tamarindo

— 1 night
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 25th (Fri), look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Tamarindo due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Monteverde online holiday planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

Jaco

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): push the limits with an extreme tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then browse the different shops at Jaco Walk Open Air Shopping Center. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see Off-Road Tours, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then stop by Fruity Monkey Poop.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Jaco online trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Jaco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Shopping

Manuel Antonio

— 3 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Playa Manuel Antonio and River Rafting & Tubing. There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, get interesting insight from Tours, stroll around Manuel Antonio National Park, and look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the 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 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 2 nights

Walaba

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): stroll through Nature Observatorio and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca tour itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 6th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero vacation planning app.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 5 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.
Kids will enjoy River Rafting & Tubing and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and get impressive views of Arenal Volcano.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning app.

Drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Vara Blanca

— 2 nights
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then admire the sheer force of Los Chorros Waterfalls.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.