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:  4​h 30​min
2
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
6
Cahuita
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
San Jose
— 1 night
End: San Jose

1
night
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.
On the 25th (Tue), take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose trip planner .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Tobias Bolanos International Airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport and Limon International Airport. In February in San Jose, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in San Jose

Adventure Outdoors Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Tamarindo to Playa Conchal to see Playa Conchal about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana, look for gifts at Dolores Shop, and get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo trip planning app .

You can drive from San Jose to Tamarindo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, wildlife, nightlife, fun & games, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, take in the exciting artwork at Alas y Raices, and experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

5
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

3
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.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is known for beaches, shopping, spas, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles, identify plant and animal life at Nature Observatorio, and admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online attractions planner .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Nature Observatorio
Highlights from your plan
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach

2
nights
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, then get your game on at Yesland Mini Golf, and then identify plant and animal life at Tarantulas Way.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cahuita day trip planner.

Cahuita is just a short distance from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. March in Cahuita sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica ©
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

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night
San Jose

San Jose ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, then see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and finally stroll around Parque La Sabana.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose travel planner .

You can drive from Cahuita to San Jose in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Cahuita in March, plan for slightly colder nights in San Jose, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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