21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Monteverde
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
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Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights

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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: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, and experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde journey tool.

Budapest, Hungary to Monteverde is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

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

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Manuel Antonio side-trips: Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, &more) and Tarcoles Bridge (in Tarcoles). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, stroll around Parque Nahomi, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop.

To see ratings and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio road trip planning website.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Zipline

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 18th (Wed): stroll through Nature Observatorio and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park and then admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca planning site.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero online route planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure
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: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, browse the exhibits of Wood & Art Gallery, stroll through Proyecto Asis, and identify plant and animal life at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos visit planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

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

3
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, stroll through Monkey Park, and find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

Plan my day in Tamarindo using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Poas Volcano National Park trip itinerary app.

Getting from Tamarindo to Poas Volcano National Park by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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