20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 7 nights
Shuttle
3
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Ferry
5
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Tamarindo
— 1 night
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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.
On the 24th (Wed), get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Monteverde is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Monteverde is minus 7 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

7
nights
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 Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall. The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, Head underground at Venado Caves, browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

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

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to take a shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

2
nights
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.
Appreciate the collections at Museo de Arte Costarricense and Museo Nacional De Costa Rica. Do some cultural sightseeing at Jade Museum and Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, get interesting insight from Tours, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and get some fabulous bargains at Mercado Municipal De Artesanias.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose day trip planning tool.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose by shuttle takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

4
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.
Get outdoors at MidWorld Costa Rica and Playa Biesanz. The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, and look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow time for the ferry ride to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

2
nights
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 9th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa, and then look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping

1
night
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal and then take a memorable tour with Sol Eco Adventures. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana, stop by Diamante Boutique, and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo online trip planner.

Getting from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.