21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Drake Bay
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights

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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.
Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos with an excursion to Poas Volcano in Poas Volcano National Park--about 2h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, get outside with Canopy San Luis, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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Must see
Tabacon Hot Springs
4.4
Volcano
Arenal Volcano
3.5

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero online attractions planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing
4.5

3
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Drake Bay

Drake Bay ©
Step out of Drake Bay to go to Carate and see Corcovado National Park, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 27th (Mon) at Cano Island.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Drake Bay planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Drake Bay takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

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National Park
Corcovado National Park
4.4
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Island
Cano Island
4.0
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching
4.7

4
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Mirador de Jaco & Zipline). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, see Off-Road Tours, and stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio online travel route planner.

You can drive from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; 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

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Zipline
Zipline
4.7

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, then meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, and then take in the exciting artwork at Alas y Raices. Keep things going 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.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (about 1h 30 min away). Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo road trip planning site.

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
4.8

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