21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Vienna
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  20​h 45​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 8 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Monteverde
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + bus + Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Vienna

8
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.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). Change things up with these side-trips from La Fortuna de San Carlos: Catedral de Ciudad Quesada (in Quesada) and El Castillo (Butterfly Conservatory & Arenal Eco Zoo). Spend the 27th (Fri) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Volcan Arenal. Next up on the itinerary: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker app

Vienna, Austria to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 7 hours. On the 28th (Sat), you're off toManuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

El Castillo, Catedral de Ciudad Quesada, Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

4
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 the city and head to Playa Manuel Antonio and MidWorld Costa Rica. Take a break from Manuel Antonio with a short trip to Hacienda Baru in Dominical, about 54 minutes away. Spend the 1st (Wed) on the water with a fishing tour. Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, and experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio holiday site

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Hacienda Baru Lodge, Fishing Charters & Tours
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Fishing Charters & Tours
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

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.
On the 2nd (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero itinerary builder app

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. August in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

2
nights
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 3rd (Fri): stop by Lydia Beech Art and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal. On your second day here, admire all the interesting features of Kingpin Sportfishing and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip builder website

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Tortuguero to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tortuguero in August, things will get a bit warmer in Tamarindo: highs are around 38°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ecological Sanctuary and Santa Elena Skywalk. Visiting Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Monteverde Frog Pond will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, identify plant and animal life at Curi Cancha Reserve, and stop by Hummingbird Gallery.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde itinerary maker

Getting from Tamarindo to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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