21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Dunedin
Fly + Drive:  9 h 30 min
1
San Vito
— Few hours
2
San Vito
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Nosara
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
8
Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  32 h
End: Dunedin

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hours
San Vito

San Vito ©
San Vito, Santu Idu or Santu Bidu in the Sardinian language, is a comune in the Province of South Sardinia in the Italian region Sardinia, located about 45km northeast of Cagliari.San Vito borders the following municipalities: Burcei, Castiadas, Muravera, Sinnai, Villaputzu, Villasalto.It is the birthplace of launeddas player Luigi Lai. Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Las Cruces Biological Station and then contemplate the waterfront views at Finca Cantaros.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Vito trip planner.

Dunedin, New Zealand to San Vito is an approximately 43- hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Dunedin to San Vito due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Vito.

Things to do in San Vito

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Finca Cantaros ©
Finca Cantaros
Las Cruces Biological Station ©
Las Cruces Biological Station

2
nights
San Vito

San Vito ©
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Las Cruces Biological Station and then stroll through Finca Cantaros.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Vito trip planner.

On the 1st (Sun), you'll travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Vito

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Finca Cantaros ©
Finca Cantaros
Las Cruces Biological Station ©
Las Cruces Biological Station

2
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Playa Biesanz and Meli Melo Boutique. Step out of the city life by going to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Waterskiing & Jetskiing.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio vacation app.

Drive from San Vito to Manuel Antonio in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Meli Melo Boutique
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Meli Melo Boutique ©
Meli Melo Boutique

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 Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Ecotermales Fortuna. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on Ecocentro Danaus, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

Find out how to plan La Fortuna de San Carlos trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park
Highlights from your plan
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Proyecto Asis ©
Proyecto Asis

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at Viento Fresco Waterfall and Monteverde Frog Pond. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, stroll through Serpentario, and snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Monteverde trip planning app.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Viento Fresco Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Viento Fresco Waterfall ©
Viento Fresco Waterfall
Serpentario ©
Serpentario

3
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Visiting Stand-Up Paddleboarding and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates and Nature & Wildlife Tours.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nosara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nosara travel planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Nosara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Nosara

Parks Spas Wildlife

Side Trip

Belen Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Belen Waterfall ©
Belen Waterfall
Spas & Wellness

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa Carmen and Tica Surf Bikinis. Take a break from the city and head to Isla de Cabuya and Finca Paraiso. Venture out of the city with trips to La Escuela Del Sol (in Cabuya) and Montezuma (Spas & Wellness & Horseback Riding Tours).

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa trip planner.

Getting from Nosara to Santa Teresa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Montezuma, Finca Paraiso
Highlights from your plan
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Isla de Cabuya ©
Isla de Cabuya
Finca Paraiso ©
Finca Paraiso

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