21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

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Bus to Vienna, Fly to San Jose, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Drake Bay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 1 night
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Taxi to Naranjo, Fly to Vienna, Bus to Bratislava

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 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.
Visiting Tabacon Hot Springs and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a La Fortuna de San Carlos trip simple and quick.

Bratislava, Slovakia to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 20-hour combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 7 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, then stroll through Nature Observatorio, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Drake Bay

— 3 nights
Visiting Corcovado National Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. Spend a day of island exploring on the 10th (Tue) at Cano Island.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Drake Bay trip builder website.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Drake Bay by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio

— 3 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Manuel Antonio and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Playa Biesanz. Step out of Manuel Antonio to go to Uvita and see Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio tour itinerary planning website.

Getting from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Jaco

— 2 nights
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): stroll through Jaco Beach, then get a new perspective on things with Costa Rica Dreams Sportfishing, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take a memorable tour with Tours, see Off-Road Tours, then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and finally browse the different shops at Jaco Walk Open Air Shopping Center.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Jaco route planning site.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Tamarindo

— 2 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then stroll through Playa Conchal, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, then see Off-Road Tours, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana, and finally wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Tamarindo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Playas del Coco

— 2 nights

Coco Beach

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): tee off at Four Seasons Golf Club, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Nacascolo, then browse the exhibits of Costa Rica'n Art Craft, and finally have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Tours, then stroll through Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Playas del Coco online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco takes 1.5 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 Monteverde.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Monteverde

— 1 night
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 20th (Fri): stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde vacation planner.

Drive from Playas del Coco to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

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.