21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
7
Liberia
— 3 nights

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum (in Orosi), Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Irazu Volcano National Park, stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose travel planner.

New York City, USA to San Jose is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from New York City in January: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 78°F and lows are around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

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Volcano
Poas Volcano
4.1

3
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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.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio road trip planning tool.

You can drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

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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 30th (Thu): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip itinerary website.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in January, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Tours · Adventure
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National Park
Tortuguero National Park
4.4
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Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing
4.5

4
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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, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos route 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Must see
Tabacon Hot Springs
4.4
Volcano
Arenal Volcano
3.5

3
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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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Monteverde day trip website.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure
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Must see
Zipline
4.2

3
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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.
When in Tamarindo, make a side trip to see Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal, approximately Playa Conchal away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Liberia.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
4.8

3
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Liberia

Liberia ©

White City

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
On the 10th (Mon), stop by Nahua and then explore the striking landscape of Palo Verde National Park. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get impressive views of Rincon de La Vieja National Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands.

To find out how to plan a trip to Liberia, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Liberia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Liberia

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

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