19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Start: San Jose
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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
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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

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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 find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Jose trip itinerary builder website.

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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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), stroll around Bogarin Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of local nightlife at Amphibia.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary maker website.

Getting from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Thu) before leaving for Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Wildlife Parks Nightlife
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Amphibia ©
Amphibia

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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.
For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. On the 21st (Fri), you're off to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo travel planning site.

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

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

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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.
Get outdoors at Samara Beach and Playa Guiones. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Buena Vista, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Playa Samara day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. You will leave for Montezuma on the 25th (Tue).

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Playa Guiones
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Playa Guiones ©
Playa Guiones
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Horseback Riding Tours

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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.
On the 26th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls and then kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wild Sun Rescue Center.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Montezuma trip tool.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Montezuma takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) 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 ©
Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls

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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.
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 browse the exhibits of Bambu. Keep things going the next day: whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Jaco route planning tool.

Getting from Montezuma to Jaco by ferry takes about an hour. Other options: drive. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Zipline
Off-Road Tours

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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): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. On the next day, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio online journey builder.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 3rd (Tue), you're off to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Adventure Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Spas
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kayaking & Canoeing
Parasailing & Paragliding

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Punta Uva Beach. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): stroll through Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Uva Beach. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca planning site.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. On the 6th (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

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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