20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Paris
+2
Fly + Bus + Shuttle:  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.
On the 2nd (Thu), kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal and then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo travel planner.

Paris, France to Tamarindo is an approximately 21- hour combination of flight, bus, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to Tamarindo is minus 7 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

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, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, and admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

Start your trip to Monteverde by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
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. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and walk around Parque Nahomi.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive 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
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
San Isidro

San Isidro ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get outside with Monte de la Cruz and then stroll through Bosque de la Hoja. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Bosque Caricias los Leones, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Toucan Rescue Ranch, and then look for gifts at Chocolatería Sibú.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Isidro trip website.

You can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Isidro

Parks Wildlife Nature

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): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

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

You can drive from San Isidro to Tortuguero in 3 hours. April in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can 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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano, and relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos visit planner.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at The Ark Herb Farm and then contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca road trip planning tool.

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

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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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