21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Vienna
Fly:  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.
Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Catedral de Ciudad Quesada and Onirica Art Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from La Fortuna de San Carlos: El Castillo (Butterfly Conservatory & Arenal Eco Zoo). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos online sightseeing planner.

Vienna, Austria to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 18- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Vienna to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. You will leave for Manuel Antonio on the 28th (Sat).

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 Hacienda Baru Lodge. Spend the 1st (Wed) on the water with a fishing tour. There's lots more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, stroll through Playa Biesanz, and admire all the interesting features of Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio journey planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive 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
Hacienda Baru Lodge ©
Hacienda Baru Lodge

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero travel planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. August in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks
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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): view the masterpieces at Lydia Beech Art Boutique and then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal. On your second day here, take a tour of Kingpin Sportfishing and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Plan trip to Tamarindo with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Tortuguero to Tamarindo in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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.
Ecological Sanctuary and Santa Elena Skywalk will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Monteverde Frog Pond will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, stroll through Curi Cancha Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Monteverde online itinerary maker.

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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