19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner
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Fly
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Bus to Malpais, Ferry to Jaco
3
Jaco
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Shuttle to Playa Panamá, Fly to Montreal

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Tamarindo — 3 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Relax by the water at Playa Avellana and Playa Conchal. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas & Wellness and Azul Profundo Boutique. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get lost in a book at The Bookstore of the Waves, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo route maker tool.

Montreal, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montreal to Tamarindo. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Santa Teresa.
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Santa Teresa — 1 night

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.
On the 1st (Wed), kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa, look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Montezuma Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Jaco.
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Jaco — 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Carara National Park and Horseback Riding Tours. The adventure continues: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jaco Beach, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Jaco travel route planning site.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Santa Teresa to Jaco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio — 4 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Biesanz and Beso Loco Boutique de Playa. There's more to do: see MidWorld Costa Rica and look for gifts at Villa Vanilla Spice Tour & Shop.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Monteverde.
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Monteverde — 2 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Curi Cancha Reserve. Discover out-of-the-way places like Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and The Bat Jungle. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Monteverde travel planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Paradise Hot Springs and Los Lagos Hot Springs. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Rio Chollin. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and admire the natural beauty at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

To find photos and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos route tool.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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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.
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