21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Turrialba
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Monteverde
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Tel Aviv

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.
Shop till you drop at Galeria Namu and Lincoln Plaza. Your inner history buff will appreciate Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles and Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora. Get out of town with these interesting San Jose side-trips: Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Ruinas de Ujarras (in Ujarras). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana), and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Jose day trip planning website .

Tel Aviv, Israel to San Jose is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 8 hours. In October, daytime highs in San Jose are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Turrialba.

Things to do in San Jose

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Escazu, Cartago, Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
Highlights from your plan
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

1
night
Turrialba

Turrialba ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Guayabo National Park and Monument.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Turrialba trip maker tool .

Getting from San Jose to Turrialba by car takes about 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Turrialba

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

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 8th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

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Drive from Turrialba to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. In October, Tortuguero is somewhat warmer than Turrialba - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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

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.
Visiting Tabacon Hot Springs and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wood & Art Gallery and Coco Loco Art Studio & Gallery. There's still lots to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), and view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip builder .

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

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

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 13th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then stop by Jungle Avenue. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio online day trip planner .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Quepos
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Church of La Ermita La Agonia and Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco will appeal to history buffs. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Conchal and Tamarindo Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Shark Diving (in Playas del Coco) and Playa Samara (Samara Farmers Market & Samara Beach). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park, and look for gifts at Buena Nena.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Tamarindo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Samara, Playas del Coco, Playa Conchal, Church of La Ermita La Agonia
Highlights from your plan
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach

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.
For shopping fun, head to Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center or Alas y Raices. Get in touch with nature at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Ecological Sanctuary. There's lots more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery, and admire the masterpieces at Monteverde Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

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