18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 1 day
2
Playa Samara
— 5 nights
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
5
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
6
Cahuita
— 3 nights
7
San Jose
— 1 night

1
day
San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Top Travel Costa Rica, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana), then enjoy some music at Teatro Nacional Costa Rica, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza Juan Mora Fernandez.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our San Jose tour planning tool.

Prague, Czech Republic to San Jose is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Prague to San Jose is minus 7 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Prague in June, with highs in San Jose at 32°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Wildlife
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica ©
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica

5
nights
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Horseback Riding Tours and Barrigona Beach. Step out of Playa Samara with an excursion to Playa Corozalito in Bejuco--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Samara Beach, kick back and relax at Playa Buena Vista, admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, and browse the exhibits of Koss Art Gallery.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Playa Samara day trip planning website.

Getting from San Jose to Playa Samara by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. You will leave for Monteverde on the 11th (Thu).

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Corozalito, La Selva Wildlife Refuge & Zoo
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Horseback Riding Tours
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in the natural beauty of Middle Earth Thermal Springs, admire the masterpieces at Chorotega Arts & Crafts, and then relax in the rural setting at Hidden Valley Permaculture Farm. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then explore the striking landscape of Up in the Cloud Forest.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde route planner.

Getting from Playa Samara to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Middle Earth Thermal Springs
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Chorotega Arts & Crafts ©
Chorotega Arts & Crafts

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park and Coffee & Tea Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Flow Trips, Head underground at Venado Caves, get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, and take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Venado Caves, Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park, Butterfly Conservatory
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Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park
River Rafting & Tubing
Coffee & Tea Tours

2
nights
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Explore hidden gems such as Sea Turtle Conservancy and Zipline. Venture out of the city with trips to Blue Day Family Club (in Guapiles) and Caribbean Botanical Garden (in Guacimo). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip maker app.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in June, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cahuita.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Blue Day Family Club, Caribbean Botanical Garden, Zipline
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and Redfrogteam Biological Station. Explore Cahuita's surroundings by going to Puerto Limon (Explore Limon, Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park, stroll through Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, have some family-friendly fun at Yesland Mini Golf, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Negra.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cahuita route planning website.

Getting from Tortuguero to Cahuita by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. June in Cahuita sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Puerto Limon, Redfrogteam Biological Station
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Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica ©
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and then examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose tour builder.

Getting from Cahuita to San Jose by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cahuita in June: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. On the 22nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Shopping
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Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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