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
2
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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2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde online vacation planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Monteverde is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Monteverde, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. There's lots more to do: stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, identify plant and animal life at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal.

To find ratings and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning site.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough 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.
You'll explore and learn at Museo de Arte Costarricense and Museo Nacional De Costa Rica. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Jade Museum and Galeria Namu. Step out of San Jose with an excursion to Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles in Cartago--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, revel in the low prices at Mercado Municipal De Artesanias, take a stroll around El Sotano, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Jose trip site.

Traveling by shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in San Jose are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Shopping · Outdoors · 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.
Escape the urban bustle at MidWorld Costa Rica and Playa Biesanz. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours and look for gifts at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio day trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Manuel Antonio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 8th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can ride a ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Beaches

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, then kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa, and then stop by Tica Surf Bikinis.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Santa Teresa holiday website.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · 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.
On the 10th (Sat), stroll through Playa Conchal and then take a memorable tour with Sol Eco Adventures. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Playa Avellana, then stop by Diamante Boutique, and then stroll through Tamarindo Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo travel planning app.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · 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.