19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Shuttle
5
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Ferry
6
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
7
Drake Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
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Playas del Coco — 1 night

Coco Beach

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Playas del Coco trip maker tool.

Denver, USA to Playas del Coco is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to Playas del Coco is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Tamarindo.
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Tamarindo — 2 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana, and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Sea Star Souvenir, kick back and relax at Playa Danta, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip maker tool.

Getting from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to 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.
On the 11th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Valle Escondido Nature Reserve, then relax and rejuvenate at Monteverde Massage Center, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Nature Guided Tours.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, stroll through Mirador El Silencio, and take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planner.

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) to allow enough time to take a shuttle 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): browse the exhibits of Bri'ah Art Gallery, kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and then kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Costa Rica Color, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then stroll through Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia.

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Traveling by shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Santa Teresa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry 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.
Relax by the water at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Explore hidden gems such as Fishing Costa Rica with Big Eye Charters and Spas. Change things up with a short trip to Isla Damas in Puntarenas (about 30 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Playa Espadilla Norte, stroll around Parque Nahomi, stroll through Playas Gemelas, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio online attractions planner.

Getting from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio by ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Drake Bay.
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Drake Bay — 2 nights

On the 21st (Tue), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with Osa Divers and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa San Josecito.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Drake Bay trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca — 2 nights

Walaba

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
On the 23rd (Thu), kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Viejo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla, indulge in some personalized pampering at Indulgence Spa, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Punta Uva.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca holiday planning website.

Drive from Drake Bay to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly 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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