19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to Playa Samara
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Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Taxi to Atenas, Fly to London

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Playa Samara

— 3 nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Horseback Riding Tours and Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Spas. Step out of Playa Samara with an excursion to MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY in Nosara--about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Barrigona Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Playa Samara trip planner.

London, UK to Playa Samara is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Playa Samara is minus 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Tamarindo

— 4 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Hermosa and Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates. Attractions like Off-Road Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stop by Souvenir Guanacaste, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 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 Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park and Los Lagos Hot Springs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos and Galeria Estudio. Change things up with a short trip to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos journey builder tool.

Getting from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts and The Captain's Booty. Discover out-of-the-way places like Walking tours and Horseback Riding Tours. Take a break from Manuel Antonio with a short trip to Off-Road Tours in Jaco, about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, walk around Parque Nahomi, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums

Side Trips

Uvita

— 3 nights
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Step off the beaten path and head to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Kids will enjoy Horseback Riding Tours and Uvita Waterfall. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ventanas, look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Uvita trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecological Sanctuary, relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, and then meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde route planning app.

Getting from Uvita to Monteverde by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

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.