19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica vacation builder

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Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Tamarindo
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Ferry
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Drake Bay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Shuttle to San Jose, Fly to Vienna, Bus to Bratislava

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): browse the exhibits of Lydia Beech Art Boutique and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Potrero Beach and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo tour planner.

Bratislava, Slovakia to Tamarindo is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Playa Samara

— 3 nights
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Visit Playa Carrillo and Playa Guiones for some beach relaxation. Discover out-of-the-way places like Horseback Riding Tours and Barrigona Beach. There's more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Teresa

— 1 night
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): stroll through Playa Hermosa and then kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Santa Teresa travel route planning app.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Manuel Antonio and Uvita Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Safari Adventures and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Take a break from Manuel Antonio with a short trip to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary in Dominical, about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip builder site.

You can ride a ferry from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Drake Bay

— 3 nights
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cano Island and Dolphin & Whale Watching.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Drake Bay online route planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 2 nights

Walaba

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 19th (Thu): stroll through Playa Punta Uva and then stroll through Playa Cocles. On the next day, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, stroll through Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca road trip planning app.

Drive from Drake Bay to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bogarin Trail and Paradise Hot Springs. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary maker.

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 taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.