18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Fredericton
Fly:  11​h
Alajuela
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Bajos del Toro
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Monteverde
— 2 nights
shuttle:  2​h 30​min
Jaco
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
Dominical
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
Cartago
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Cahuita
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
Guapiles
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
Alajuela
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
Fredericton

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Alajuela

Alajuela
Alajuela is the third-largest city in Costa Rica after the capital, San José, and Desamparados. For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Alajuela trip builder website .

Fredericton, Canada to Alajuela is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Fredericton to Alajuela due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Fredericton in December; daily highs in Alajuela reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Bajos del Toro.

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Bajos del Toro

Bajos del Toro ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Catarata Del Toro Adventures.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bajos del Toro route planner .

Traveling by car from Alajuela to Bajos del Toro takes 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Bajos del Toro are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. On the 14th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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Catarata Del Toro Adventures ©
Catarata Del Toro Adventures

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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.
You've added La Fortuna Waterfall, Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, Tabacon Hot Springs, and other attractions to your itinerary. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park and then admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary website .

You can drive from Bajos del Toro to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. On the 17th (Sun), you'll travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sky Adventures Monteverde Park. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: get interesting insight from Sky Adventures Monteverde Park and then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Monteverde trip planner .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 2 hours. On the 19th (Tue), you're off toJaco.

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Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden
Sky Adventures Monteverde Park ©
Sky Adventures Monteverde Park

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Jaco

Jaco ©
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.
To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Jaco holiday builder .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Jaco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Manuel Antonio.

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Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach

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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.
To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio route maker app .

Getting from Jaco to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. You'll set off for Dominical on the 21st (Thu).

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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

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Dominical

Dominical ©
The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
Pineapple Tours has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): stroll through Hacienda Baru and then tour in harmony with nature at Pineapple Tours.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Dominical day trip app .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Dominical takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Fri) before leaving for Cartago.

Things to do in Dominical

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Uvita Beach, Hacienda Baru
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Pineapple Tours ©
Pineapple Tours
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

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day
Cartago

Cartago
Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25km east of the capital, San José. To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartago trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Dominical to Cartago takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Cartago are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. On the 24th (Sun), you'll travel to Cahuita.

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Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica as well as Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. Take a break from the city and head to Cahuita National Park and Puerto Viejo Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cahuita vacation planning site .

You can drive from Cartago to Cahuita in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Cartago to Cahuita, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Cahuita when traveling from Cartago in December, with lows around 28°C. On the 27th (Wed), you're off toGuapiles.

Things to do in Cahuita

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Puerto Viejo Beach
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Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica ©
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

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Guapiles

Guapiles
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rain Forest Aerial Trams. Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): find something for the whole family at Rain Forest Aerial Trams.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Guapiles online trip maker .

You can drive from Cahuita to Guapiles in 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in Guapiles when traveling from Cahuita in December, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Alajuela.

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days
Alajuela

Alajuela
To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Alajuela day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Guapiles to Alajuela takes 2 hours. You will leave for home on the 30th (Sat).

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