21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica journey builder

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Baden-Baden
train + Fly:  28​h
1
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h
4
San Jose
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 45​min
5
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
+3
shuttle + bus + Fly + train:  26​h
End: Baden-Baden

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands & Llanos de Cortez Waterfall), Shark Diving (in Playas del Coco) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park, and look for gifts at EK Art Jewelry.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo road trip website .

Baden-Baden, Germany to Tamarindo is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Playa Conchal, Shark Diving
Highlights from your plan
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

3
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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, wildlife, nightlife, fun & games, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk, catch some excitement at Curi Cancha Reserve, and experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip planning tool .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

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

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical) and Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers & Zipline). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, walk around Parque Nahomi, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio vacation planner .

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Jaco, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Parque Nahomi
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Zipline
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near 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: get interesting insight from Tours, look for gifts at Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

Start your trip to San Jose by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In September, daytime highs in San Jose are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trips

Jardin Botanico Lankester, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings, Poas Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Jardin Botanico Lankester ©
Jardin Botanico Lankester
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero day trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from San Jose to Tortuguero takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from San Jose in September, Tortuguero is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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

5
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: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, take in the views from Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip website .

Drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

Similar Plans

23 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, culture, outdoors, beaches, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 60 days in Costa Rica, Ecuador & Peru BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 11 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 60 days in Canada, Central America & South America BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 60 days in Central America, South America, Mexico & Caribbean BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 38 days in South America & Central America BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 19 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM HONG KONG June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 19 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM HONG KONG June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 30 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 9 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA January, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans