18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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

2
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.
On the 31st (Sat), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond, take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk, then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, then look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, and finally stop by Hummingbird Gallery.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Monteverde day trip app .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Monteverde is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

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

1
night
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, have some family-friendly fun at Bolas Locas Mini Golf, and then look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. In April, daily temperatures in Tamarindo can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Bolas Locas Mini Golf ©
Bolas Locas Mini Golf

2
nights
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 4th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tortuguero travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Tamarindo to Tortuguero in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, flight, taxi, and shuttle. Traveling from Tamarindo in April, things will get a bit cooler in Tortuguero: highs are around 32°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

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, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, identify plant and animal life at Proyecto Asis, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos sightseeing website .

Traveling by shuttle from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 6 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can 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
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

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.
Pack the 12th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Rancho Tipico Don Juan. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, and stop by Meli Melo Boutique.

Start your trip to Manuel Antonio by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to 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 13th (Fri) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Theme Parks, #Tours

Side Trip

Meli Melo Boutique
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
River Rafting & Tubing

2
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca), Zoo Ave (in Alajuela) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Jose vacation planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trips

Alajuela, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Poas Volcano
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing

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