19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Monteverde
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Cahuita
— 2 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
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Playa Samara
— 3 nights
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Playa Conchal
— 3 nights

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde trip planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Monteverde is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Zipline

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Ecocentro Danaus. And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, push the limits with an extreme tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, and relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos journey site.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cahuita.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pick up some local products at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita and then stroll through Puerto Viejo Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cahuita route planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cahuita in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In January in Cahuita, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita ©
La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©

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 19th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero trip planner.

You can drive from Cahuita to Tortuguero in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

2
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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 20th (Fri): stroll through Playa Santa Teresa. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Playa Carmen, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Santa Teresa online day trip planner.

Drive from Tortuguero to Santa Teresa in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Spas
Highlights from your plan
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas & Wellness

3
nights
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Barrigona Beach and Samara Beach. Escape the urban bustle at dondeJavitours and Playa Guiones. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Playa Samara visit planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Playa Conchal.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
dondeJavitours ©
dondeJavitours
Belen Waterfall ©
Belen Waterfall

3
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Playa Conchal

Step out of the city life by going to Playa Hermosa and Scuba & Snorkeling. Visit Playa Avellana and Playa Conchal for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa Conchal: The Monkey Farm (in Playa Ocotal) and Tamarindo (Spas & Wellness, Lydia Beech Art Boutique, &more). Spend the 28th (Sat) exploring nature at Las Baulas National Marine Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Playa Conchal online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Playa Conchal takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Conchal

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas & Wellness

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