21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Cahuita
— 1 night
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Drake Bay
— 2 nights
5
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
8
Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights

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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: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, take a memorable tour with Tours, and explore the activities along Lake Arenal.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip site.

Zurich, Switzerland to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Must see
Tabacon Hot Springs
4.4

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.
On the 25th (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.

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You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Adventure · Outdoors
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Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing
4.5

1
night
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cahuita trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Cahuita takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. February in Cahuita sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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2
nights
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 1st (Mon) at Cano Island.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Drake Bay trip planner.

You can drive from Cahuita to Drake Bay in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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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

3
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.
Take a break from Manuel Antonio with a short trip to Parasailing & Paragliding in Dominical, about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, take a memorable tour with Tours, walk around Parque Nahomi, and look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

3
nights
Monteverde

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, admire the masterpieces at Chorotega Arts & Crafts, get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Adventure
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3
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo online vacation planner.

Getting from Monteverde to Tamarindo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

2
nights
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 11th (Thu): get impressive views of Poas Volcano, stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, and then get outside with Parque Recreativo Los Manantiales.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Poas Volcano National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tamarindo to Poas Volcano National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Volcano
Poas Volcano
4.1
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
4.9

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