21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 5 nights
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: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, snap pictures at Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

Before you visit La Fortuna de San Carlos, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Toronto, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 3 nights

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.
Spend the 21st (Tue) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Nature Observatorio, enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Tortuguero

— 1 night

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.
On the 24th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tortuguero travel planner.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in March, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

San Jose

— 3 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca), Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and browse the exhibits of Galeria Namu.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Jose online tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Tortuguero in March, San Jose is little chillier at night with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio

— 5 nights
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: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, look for gifts at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, take a pleasant ride with Rancho Tipico Don Juan, and see MidWorld Costa Rica.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Manuel Antonio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Monteverde

— 3 nights
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 2nd (Sun): look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 4th (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

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.