19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong
Fly + Drive:  35​h
1
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Liberia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Turrialba
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
San Jose
— 4 nights
Fly:  49​h
End: Hong Kong

2
nights
Manuel Antonio

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner.

Hong Kong, China to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 35-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Hong Kong Time (HKT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -14 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Fishing Charters & Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery. On your second day here, get a taste of the local shopping with Art House, get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, then snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, and finally see the interesting displays at Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planner .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Liberia.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk

2
nights
Liberia

Liberia ©
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): contemplate the geological forces at Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of La Ermita La Agonia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, shop like a local with Costa Rica'n Art Craft, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Llanos de Cortez Waterfall.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Liberia trip site .

You can drive from Monteverde to Liberia in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Liberia

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Shark Diving
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. Onirica Art Gallery and Galeria Estudio will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at La Fortuna Waterfall, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery, and get a taste of the local shopping with Coco Loco Art Studio & Gallery.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos visit website .

You can drive from Liberia to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow 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
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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.
On the 11th (Sat), learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip planning site .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Turrialba.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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

1
night
Turrialba

Turrialba ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Guayabo National Park and Monument.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Turrialba trip planning site .

Getting from Tortuguero to Turrialba by car takes about 3.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tortuguero in July, with highs in Turrialba at 31°C and lows at 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Turrialba

Nature Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Guayabo National Park and Monument ©
Guayabo National Park and Monument

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica and Ruins of the Church of Carthage. Visiting Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and Poas Volcano will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles (in Cartago) and Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro). There's more to do: get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum and see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Jose trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Turrialba to San Jose takes 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Cartago, Poas Volcano, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Toucan Rescue Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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