18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Tel Aviv
Fly:  23​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
Tel Aviv

3
days
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, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, and take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde road trip planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Monteverde is an approximately 24-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Monteverde. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Adventure
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

2
days
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 6th (Fri), stroll through Playa Conchal. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura and then get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo journey planner.

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 April, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 26°C. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Playa Conchal
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Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

5
days
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, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), trek along Ecocentro Danaus, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos journey maker .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

3
days
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.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, nightlife, nature, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, get interesting insight from MidWorld Costa Rica, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. April in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
River Rafting & Tubing

2
days
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano and then see the interesting displays at Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

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Getting from Manuel Antonio to Poas Volcano National Park by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In April in Poas Volcano National Park, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trips

La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

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