24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Edmonton
+2
Fly + Bus + Shuttle:  9 h 30 min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Monteverde
— 4 nights
+3
Shuttle + Foot + Ferry + Bus:  4 h 15 min
4
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Nosara
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
7
Gulf of Papagayo
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Edmonton

3
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, take a memorable tour with Tours, snap pictures at Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos driving holiday planning website.

Edmonton, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 18.5- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Edmonton to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, see MidWorld Costa Rica, and tour the pleasant surroundings at KSTR Monkey Tour.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
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, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk, meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, and take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde day trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

1
night
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): stroll through Playa Hermosa and then kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Santa Teresa online trip builder.

Getting from Monteverde to Santa Teresa by combination of shuttle, ferry, and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nosara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

3
nights
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Samara Beach and Barrigona Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Guiones, tour the pleasant surroundings at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, and stop by Nativa Gallery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nosara trip site.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Nosara in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Nosara

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Samara
Highlights from your plan
Playa Guiones ©
Playa Guiones
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

4
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Tamarindo Beach and Playa Conchal. Change things up with a short trip to Garra de Leon Golf Course in Playa Conchal (about 34 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, and explore the galleries of Lydia Beech Art Boutique.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo online holiday planner.

You can drive from Nosara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Gulf of Papagayo.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Highlights from your plan
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

3
nights
Gulf of Papagayo

Gulf of Papagayo ©
A concerted development project by the government given Gulf of Papagayo a growing number of luxury and all inclusive resort complexes and turned it into one of the country's leading holiday destinations.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Hermosa and Playa Nacascolo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gulf of Papagayo: Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts (in Playas del Coco) and Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja & Four Seasons Golf Club). Next up on the itinerary: visit Playa Ocotal.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Gulf of Papagayo online journey planner.

Take a bus from Tamarindo to Gulf of Papagayo in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gulf of Papagayo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, Playa Ocotal, Playa Hermosa
Highlights from your plan
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Nacascolo ©
Playa Nacascolo
Playa Ocotal ©
Playa Ocotal

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