19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Ferry to Malpais, Bus to Santa Teresa
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa Flamingo
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tabacon Hot Springs and Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, and view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning tool.

Seattle, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Seattle to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

Monteverde

— 3 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.
On the 20th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde road trip planning website.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Monteverde can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Mike’s Nature Tours and Mulguri Adventure.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip builder.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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.
On the 25th (Mon), kick back and relax at Palo Seco Beach. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, explore by horseback at Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding, and then stop by Dantica Gallery.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Jaco online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Jaco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. You will leave for Santa Teresa on the 27th (Wed).

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Santa Teresa

— 2 nights
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 27th (Wed), stroll through Playa Santa Teresa and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa and then look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa vacation maker site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Jaco to Santa Teresa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Adventure

Playa Samara

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): kick back and relax at Samara Beach and then stroll through Puerto Carrillo. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Werner Sauter Biological Reserve, admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at dondeJavitours.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Playa Samara trip maker website.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in December, and nighttime lows around 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can drive to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo

— 2 nights

White Beach

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
Escape the urban bustle at Costa Rica Sailing Center and Playa Avellana. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Conchal and stop by Playa Ocotal.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Playa Flamingo driving holiday site.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Playa Flamingo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Transportation

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

4.4
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.