18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica travel route planner
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Fly
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Monteverde
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 4 nights

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, look for gifts at Souvenir Leo, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning tool.

Paris, France to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Paris to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.
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Tortuguero — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca — 2 nights

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.
On the 22nd (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then stroll through Nature Observatorio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Puerto Viejo.

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Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Vara Blanca.
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Vara Blanca — 2 nights

A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tirimbina Biological Reserve.

Before you visit Vara Blanca, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Vara Blanca in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio — 3 nights

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: Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store (in Dominical) and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena (in Uvita). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

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You can drive from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Jaco.
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Jaco — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): push the limits with an extreme tour, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then take in the views from Tarcoles Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Jaco trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Jaco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.
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Monteverde — 2 nights

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 31st (Wed), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Monteverde Massage. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally stop by Foresta.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Monteverde sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Monteverde takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.
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