20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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Jaco
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights

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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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and get impressive views of Arenal Volcano.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online route planner.

Vancouver, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Vancouver to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

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

1
night
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca ©
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Vara Blanca trip simple and quick.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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 10th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarantulas Way and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca planning app.

You can drive from Vara Blanca to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©

Costa Rica's Amazon

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 12th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero day trip site.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Dominical (Pineapple Tours & Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store) and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, take a memorable tour with Tours, push the limits with Skydive Costa Rica, and walk around Manuel Antonio National Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Pineapple Tours ©
Pineapple Tours
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge

2
nights
Jaco

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
On the 16th (Wed), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Jaco, and finally take in the views from Tarcoles Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see Off-Road Tours, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then look for gifts at Fruity Monkey Poop.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaco travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Shopping

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Zipline
Adrenaline & Extreme 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 18th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Jardin de Orquideas San Bosco, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde journey tool.

You can drive from Jaco to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. December in Monteverde sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

3
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Tamarindo is known for beaches, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: do sightseeing your way with Private Tours, take a tour of Kingpin Sportfishing, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Tamarindo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura

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