19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica visit planner
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
4
Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo — 2 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Shark Diving has been added to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, stroll through Playa Avellana, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, and get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip itinerary planning website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tamarindo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Tamarindo due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 5 nights

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: push the limits with an extreme tour, walk around Bogarin Trail, witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs, and get impressive views of Arenal Volcano.

To find ratings and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos sightseeing site.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.
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Tortuguero — 1 night

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 7th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tortuguero online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. June in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Poas Volcano National Park.
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Poas Volcano National Park — 2 nights

A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano and then admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Poas Volcano National Park online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Poas Volcano National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio — 3 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can fly from Poas Volcano National Park to Manuel Antonio in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Jaco.
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Jaco — 2 nights

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 13th (Mon): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On the next day, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Jaco trip planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.
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Monteverde — 3 nights

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then relax and rejuvenate at Monteverde Massage Center.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Monteverde road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Monteverde takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.
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