19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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


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 Conchal and Playa Avellana. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas & Wellness and Tamarindo Jaime Peligro Book Store. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, 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.
Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks
Side Trips

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.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trip

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 Jaco Beach. There's much more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Jaco trip itinerary maker site.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Santa Teresa to Jaco in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
Side Trip

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 Villa Vanilla Spice Tour & Shop. There's more to do: see MidWorld Costa Rica and look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

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.
Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Beaches

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 Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. And it doesn't end there: get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk, and take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde day trip planning app.

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.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

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 Natura Eco Park Costa Rica and Los Lagos Hot Springs. Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and Paradise Hot Springs. There's lots more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and take in the natural beauty of Rio Chollin.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.
Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors
Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

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.