20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  19​h
1
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
San Isidro
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Paris

1
night
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo trip tool .

Paris, France to Tamarindo is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Paris to Tamarindo due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, wildlife, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Monteverde attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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.
Take a break from Manuel Antonio with a short trip to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary in Dominical, about 1h 05 min away. Make the 9th (Thu) an awe-inspiring day at Naturalist Michael Araya Flores. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll around Parque Nahomi, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Isidro.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
San Isidro

San Isidro ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): head outdoors with Monte de la Cruz and then identify plant and animal life at Bosque de la Hoja. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Bosque Caricias los Leones, then identify plant and animal life at Toucan Rescue Ranch, and then look for gifts at Chocolatería Sibú.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Isidro trip maker site .

Drive from Manuel Antonio to San Isidro in 3.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in San Isidro are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Isidro

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Heredia
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Bosque de la Hoja ©
Bosque de la Hoja
Monte de la Cruz ©
Monte de la Cruz

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Tortuguero National Park.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tortuguero online trip planner .

Getting from San Isidro to Tortuguero by car takes about 3 hours. In April in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

5
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, wildlife, parks, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, take a memorable tour with Tours, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip website .

Drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 18th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then look for all kinds of wild species at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): admire all the interesting features of The Ark Herb Farm and then get impressive views of Poas Volcano.

To find out how to plan a trip to Vara Blanca, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens, The Ark Herb Farm, Poas Volcano
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
The Ark Herb Farm ©
The Ark Herb Farm

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