18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: New York City
Drive:  18​h 45​min
1
Manzanillo
— 1 day
Drive:  30​min
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Cahuita
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Monteverde
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  11​h
End: New York City

1
day
Manzanillo

Manzanillo ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Observatorio.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Manzanillo vacation planner.

New York City, USA to Manzanillo is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from New York City in November, things will get much hotter in Manzanillo: highs are around 78°F and lows about 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Manzanillo

#Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trip

Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
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Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge ©

3
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
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.
Spend the 18th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, and stroll through Playa Chiquita.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca travel planner.

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is just a stone's throw from Manzanillo. In November, daily temperatures in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

2
nights
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
On the 20th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get your game on at Yesland Mini Golf, admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sloth Abuse Sanctuary of Costa Rica.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cahuita travel planner.

Cahuita is just a short distance from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. In November in Cahuita, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 78°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Cahuita

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
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Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica ©
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

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 22nd (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tortuguero vacation trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Cahuita to Tortuguero takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Cahuita in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Tortuguero, with lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel 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.
Spend the 26th (Sun) among the fascinating landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, get interesting insight from Tours, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and shuttle from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

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)

4
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, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, and stop by Hummingbird Gallery.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde tour planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 2 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Monteverde

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

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