21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Zurich
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Bus:  9 h 30 min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Ferry:  4 h 30 min
3
Montezuma
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Nosara
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
7
Monteverde
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Bus + Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Zurich

2
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, take in the views from Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip tool.

Zurich, Switzerland to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 18- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Spas

Side Trip

Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Ecotermales Fortuna ©
Ecotermales Fortuna

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 lots more to do: look for gifts at Jaime Peligro Book & CD Shop, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

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Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Montezuma.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Tours Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Quepos
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa ©
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa
Meli Melo Boutique ©
Meli Melo Boutique

3
nights
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 photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Montezuma online trip builder.

Traveling by ferry from Manuel Antonio to Montezuma takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and 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

Side Trip

Santa Teresa
Highlights from your plan
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls

3
nights
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 MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY. When in Nosara, make a side trip to see Samara Beach in Playa Samara, approximately Playa Samara away. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Guiones and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Nosara trip planner.

Traveling by car from Montezuma to Nosara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Nosara

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Samara Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Playa Guiones ©
Playa Guiones
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach

3
nights
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 Lydia Beech Art Boutique. 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: get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Tamarindo Beach, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, 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 bus; 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

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Lydia Beech Art Boutique ©
Lydia Beech Art Boutique
Bolas Locas Mini Golf ©
Bolas Locas Mini Golf

2
nights
Playas del Coco

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 find more things to do, ratings, reviews, 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

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco

3
nights
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, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, and stop by Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center.

To find more things to do 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; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Life Monteverde
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas) ©

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