19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

This plan was created by another user. Make it your plan

Route & dates

19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Zurich
+2
Fly + Bus + Taxi:  23 h
1
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Cahuita
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Tortuguero
— 1 night
+3
Taxi + Bus + Fly + Taxi:  5 h 15 min
5
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Playa Conchal
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  22 h 15 min
End: Zurich

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Theme Park. On the next day, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Monteverde online itinerary creator.

Zurich, Switzerland to Monteverde is an approximately 23-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Zurich to Monteverde, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ecotermales Fortuna and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Visiting Lake Arenal and Ecocentro Danaus will get you outdoors.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cahuita.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors
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.
On the 17th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Chiquita and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Puerto Viejo Beach.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cahuita vacation trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cahuita in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cahuita due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

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

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find reviews and other tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero sightseeing planner.

Getting from Cahuita to Tortuguero by combination of bus, taxi, and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Cahuita in January, plan for much warmer days in Tortuguero, with highs around 30°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa and then cast your line with a fishing tour. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Carmen, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Santa Teresa itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and taxi from Tortuguero to Santa Teresa in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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.
Visiting Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) and dondeJavitours will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Samara Beach and Barrigona Beach. Go for a jaunt from Playa Samara to Nicoya to see Nicoya Peninsula about 1:10 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Playa Samara sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Playa Conchal.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Playa Conchal

Step off the beaten path and head to Playa Avellana and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get in touch with nature at Playa Conchal and Tamarindo Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Playa Conchal: Lydia Beech Art (in Tamarindo), The Monkey Farm (in Playa Ocotal) and Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa). Spend the 28th (Sat) exploring nature at Las Baulas National Marine Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Playa Conchal trip generator.

Drive from Playa Samara to Playa Conchal in 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Playa Conchal can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Conchal

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tamarindo, The Monkey Farm, Scuba & Snorkeling, Playa Ocotal, Las Baulas National Marine Park
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas & Wellness

Similar Plans

22 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM ROMANIA September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 28 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 21 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM MEXICO December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 20 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM BELGIUM December, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM SERBIA January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 21 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM BELGIUM December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 23 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM COSTA RICA December, culture, outdoors, beaches, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 22 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM ROMANIA November, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 23 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM COLOMBIA December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 20 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND December, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM MEXICO December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM BRAZIL November, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced
See more plans