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
bus:  3​h 30​min
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
5
Carate
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 15​min
6
Montezuma
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
7
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Toronto

3
nights
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: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, look for gifts at Holalola Souvenir Shop, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for San Jose using our trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to San Jose is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Toronto in November, expect San Jose to be much hotter, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can take a bus to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach and then take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca attractions planner.

Traveling by bus from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cahuita National Park
Highlights from your plan
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, get outside with Salto, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Monteverde.

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

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 30th (Sat), 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 next day, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Monteverde itinerary planning website .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Carate.

Things to do in Monteverde

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

1
night
Carate

Carate ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): get to know the resident critters at Ave Azul de la Osa. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Corcovado National Park.

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You can drive from Monteverde to Carate in 8 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time 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 4th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Santa Teresa and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls and then head off the coast to Tortuga Island.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Montezuma trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Carate to Montezuma in 10.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Montezuma

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura and then stroll through Playa Conchal.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip maker .

Getting from Montezuma to Tamarindo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, Playa Conchal
Highlights from your plan
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

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