20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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

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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 11th (Tue), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal.

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Bristol, UK to Tamarindo is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Bristol to Tamarindo is minus 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Bijagua de Upala.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

1
night
Bijagua de Upala

Bijagua de Upala ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): stroll through Las Aves de Tierras Altas, get a tailor-made plan with Sendero Las Sorpresas Rio Celeste, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tapir Valley Nature Reserve.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bijagua de Upala trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Bijagua de Upala takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Bijagua de Upala

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Tapir Valley Nature Reserve ©
Tapir Valley Nature Reserve

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.
On the 14th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. On the next day, delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then admire the masterpieces at Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planner.

Drive from Bijagua de Upala to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): see Off-Road Tours, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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 18th (Tue): cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica, stroll through Toucan Rescue Ranch, and then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico Lankester, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Wildlife · Parks · Scenic Drive · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

3
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.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is known for wildlife, beaches, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, stroll through Puerto Viejo Beach, explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park, and have some family-friendly fun at Yesland Mini Golf.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip site.

Getting from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

1
night
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 23rd (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

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: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through Proyecto Asis, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and get impressive views of Arenal Volcano.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca trip maker site.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

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