19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
2
Carate
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 15​min
3
Montezuma
— 1 night
+2
ferry + foot + shuttle:  3​h 15​min
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
7
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Toronto

3
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park), Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and look for gifts at Holalola Souvenir Shop.

Find out how to plan San Jose trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Toronto, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to San Jose. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Toronto in November; daily highs in San Jose reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Carate.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Jardin Botanico Lankester
Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Jardin Botanico Lankester ©
Jardin Botanico Lankester

1
night
Carate

Carate ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): get to know the resident critters at Ave Azul de la Osa. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Corcovado National Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Carate trip planner .

Drive from San Jose to Carate in 7.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Montezuma.

Things to do in Carate

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado National Park ©
Corcovado National Park

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls and then head off the coast to Tortuga Island.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Montezuma trip planning website .

Drive from Carate to Montezuma in 10.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Montezuma

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Santa Teresa, Tortuga Island
Highlights from your plan
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Tortuga Island ©
Tortuga Island
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls

2
nights
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.
On the 28th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of ferry and shuttle from Montezuma to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

4
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: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and get impressive views of Arenal Volcano.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

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

1
night
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 4th (Wed): learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tortuguero trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

4
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: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Observatorio, enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Nature Observatorio, Cahuita National Park
Highlights from your plan
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

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