18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Calgary
Fly:  15​h
Liberia
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
Nosara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  12​h
Calgary

1
day
Liberia

Liberia ©
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Llanos de Cortez Waterfall. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): admire the sheer force of Llanos de Cortez Waterfall and then contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Celeste.

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Calgary, Canada to Liberia is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Calgary to Liberia is 1 hour. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Calgary in February: high temperatures in Liberia hover around 39°C and lows are around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Liberia

#Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Rio Celeste, Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
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Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Rio Celeste ©
Rio Celeste

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes La Fortuna Waterfall, Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, and other attractions. On the 21st (Wed), witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs. On your second day here, snap pictures at Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip tool .

Getting from Liberia to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. You will leave for Monteverde on the 24th (Sat).

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas

Side Trip

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

3
days
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 Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, Monteverde Orchid Garden and Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. Step out of the city life by going to Curi Cancha Reserve and Valle Escondido Preserve. There's more to do: stop by Souvenir Rosewood.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Monteverde road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. You will leave for Playa Samara on the 27th (Tue).

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Shopping
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

3
days
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Barrigona Beach, Pato's Surf School, Puerto Carrillo, and other attractions.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Playa Samara itinerary planner.

Getting from Monteverde to Playa Samara by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. February in Playa Samara sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 25°C at night. On the 2nd (Fri), you're off toNosara.

Things to do in Playa Samara

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

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Puerto Carrillo
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Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Puerto Carrillo ©
Puerto Carrillo
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach

1
day
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): kick back and relax at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones).

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nosara journey planner.

Getting from Playa Samara to Nosara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Nosara can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. On the 3rd (Sat), you're off toTamarindo.

Things to do in Nosara

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)

4
days
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Las Baulas National Marine Park, Antares Sailing Adventures, Beach & Pool Crawl, and other attractions.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Nosara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 25°C at night. On the 7th (Wed), you'll travel to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trip

Las Baulas National Marine Park
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Las Baulas National Marine Park ©
Las Baulas National Marine Park

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Playa Hermosa as well as Spirit of the Ocean Sailing Playa Del Coco. Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Playa Ocotal and then get interesting insight from Spirit of the Ocean Sailing Playa Del Coco.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Playas del Coco sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 25°C. On the 9th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Playa Ocotal
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Ocotal ©
Playa Ocotal

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