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
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Uvita
— 2 nights
ferry + taxi:  3​h 45​min
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h
Tel Aviv

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Monteverde trip site .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Monteverde is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Monteverde is minus 8 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

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#Parks, #Wildlife, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Luluberlu Art Gallery.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca tour planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Monteverde to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. In April in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

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Cahuita
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Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica ©
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica
Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, hike along Ecocentro Danaus, and then view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Arenal Eco Zoo, then identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Conservatory, and then get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano).

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

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El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park
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Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) ©
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

2
days
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 9th (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get interesting insight from Tours, and then relax in the rural setting at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio holiday site .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: 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 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Quepos
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Zipline

2
days
Uvita

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, then identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then identify plant and animal life at Hacienda Baru, and finally look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Magic Ananda and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Uvita holiday maker site .

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trip

Dominical
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Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

1
day
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Santa Teresa, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Santa Teresa trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Uvita to Santa Teresa in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas & Wellness
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

3
days
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spas & Wellness and Fishing Charters & Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours in Playa Flamingo (about 30 minutes away). There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, stop by Lydia Beech Art, have some family-friendly fun at Bolas Locas Mini Golf, and pause for some serene contemplation at Tamarindo Church.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura

2
days
Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
On the 17th (Tue), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): get great views at Playa Hermosa Turismo Rural Comunitario and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco journey planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Playas del Coco are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

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Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Fishing Charters & Tours
Shark Diving

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