19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose
1
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Montezuma
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
7
Jaco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
9
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
End: San Jose

1
night
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.
To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose trip itinerary planning app .

In February, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Tue) before leaving for La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Amphibia as well as Bogarin Trail. On the 18th (Tue), hike along Bogarin Trail. Keep things going the next day: join in the after-dark buzz at Amphibia.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Amphibia ©
Amphibia

1
night
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.
To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Monteverde day trip website .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. You will leave for Tamarindo on the 21st (Fri).

Things to do in Monteverde

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip maker app .

Drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Sun) before leaving for Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Playa Conchal
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

2
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 get in some beach time at Samara Beach and Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones). Visiting Horseback Riding Tours and Playa Buena Vista will get you outdoors. There's more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Playa Samara day trip planning app .

Getting from Tamarindo to Playa Samara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. You'll set off for Montezuma on the 25th (Tue).

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
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Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Horseback Riding Tours

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nights
Montezuma

Montezuma ©
With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls and then kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Montezuma route planner .

Drive from Playa Samara to Montezuma in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Jaco.

Things to do in Montezuma

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Santa Teresa, Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve ©
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls

3
nights
Jaco

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Jaco Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at Bambu. On your second day here, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Jaco vacation planning tool .

Ride a ferry from Montezuma to Jaco in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Horseback Riding Tours
Zipline
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take a memorable tour with Tours. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Tours, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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Drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Spas
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kayaking & Canoeing
Parasailing & Paragliding

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nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Punta Uva Beach has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles, and then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Getting from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. On the 6th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cahuita
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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