20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly + Drive:  10​h
1
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
3
Poas Volcano National Park
— 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:  8​h 45​min
6
Drake Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Monteverde
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + bus + Fly:  11​h
End: Montreal

2
nights
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
On the 5th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Llanos de Cortez Waterfall and then identify plant and animal life at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands. Keep things going the next day: get impressive views of Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Area de Conservacion Guanacaste online holiday builder .

Montreal, Canada to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and then look for gifts at Dolores Shop. Keep things going the next day: push the limits with an extreme tour and then stroll through Playa Conchal.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo travel planner .

You can drive from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Tamarindo in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

2
nights
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
On the 9th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano and then identify plant and animal life at Refugio de Vida Silvestre Bosque Alegre.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Poas Volcano National Park trip maker tool .

Getting from Tamarindo to Poas Volcano National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Refugio de Vida Silvestre Bosque Alegre, La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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.
Take a break from the city and head to La Fortuna Waterfall and River Rafting & Tubing. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park in La Virgen, approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, and stroll through Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Poas Volcano National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano, Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park
Highlights from your plan
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing

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 15th (Wed), get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tortuguero road trip planning website .

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 April in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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

2
nights
Drake Bay

Drake Bay ©
Get outdoors at Corcovado National Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Spend a day of island exploring on the 18th (Sat) at Cano Island.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Drake Bay online trip planner .

Getting from Tortuguero to Drake Bay by car takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Corcovado National Park
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado National Park ©
Corcovado National Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cano Island ©
Cano Island

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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 21st (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. On your second day here, catch some excitement at Curi Cancha Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 23rd (Thu).

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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