20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
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San Jose
— 3 nights

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo trip app.

Montreal, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also fly; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montreal to Tamarindo due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Montreal in December, with highs in Tamarindo at 32°C and lows at 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Boat Tours & Water Sports

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Monteverde trip maker site.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

3
nights
Manuel Antonio

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 find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & Mirador de Jaco). There's lots more to do: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, use the Vara Blanca travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

4
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: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for La Fortuna de San Carlos using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park, and then see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Adventure · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Walaba

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): stroll through Nature Observatorio and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park and then take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca tour itinerary builder.

Drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

3
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San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Else Kientzler Botanical Garden and then contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and finally explore the galleries of Galeria Namu.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Jose trip planner.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. December in San Jose sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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