21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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Montezuma
— 3 nights
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Nosara
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
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Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 3 nights

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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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the views from Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, get interesting insight from Tours, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

Take the guesswork out of planning a La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Zurich, Switzerland to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Spas · Outdoors

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Hot Spring
Tabacon Hot Springs
4.4

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and Meli Melo Boutique. There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, stop by Jaime Peligro Book & CD Shop, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Montezuma.

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Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Adventure

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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa
5.0

3
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Montezuma

Montezuma ©
With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls, then look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Montezuma online trip builder.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Manuel Antonio to Montezuma takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. On the 3rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nosara.

Things to do in Montezuma

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

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Spa / Wellness
Spas & Wellness
4.9

3
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Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Explore hidden gems such as Nosara Refuge for Wildlife and Horseback Riding Tours. When in Nosara, make a side trip to see Samara Beach in Playa Samara, approximately Playa Samara away. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa Guiones and take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nosara route maker.

Traveling by car from Montezuma to Nosara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Nosara

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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Horseback Riding Tour
Horseback Riding Tours
4.7

3
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Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore hidden gems such as Pura Aventura and Bolas Locas Mini Golf. Take a break from Tamarindo with a short trip to Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal, about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, explore the galleries of Lydia Beech Art Boutique, and stop by EK Art Jewelry.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo road trip website.

Traveling by car from Nosara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

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Must see
Pura Aventura
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
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Spa / Wellness
Spas & Wellness
4.9

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Playas del Coco

Coco Beach

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
4.3

3
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas) and Life Monteverde. There's much more to do: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, and delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Monteverde online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

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