19 days in Costa Rica & Miami Itinerary

19 days in Costa Rica & Miami Itinerary

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19 days in Costa Rica & Miami Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  18​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Jaco, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
ferry + bus:  2​h 30​min
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + tram:  7​h 15​min
Miami, United States
— 2 nights
tram + Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: London, United Kingdom

4
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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'll discover tucked-away gems like Horseback Riding Tours and Rio Chollin. Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, trek along Ecocentro Danaus, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, and get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning app .

London, UK to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

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Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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River Rafting & Tubing
Ecotermales Fortuna ©
Ecotermales Fortuna
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Lake Arenal

3
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and MidWorld Costa Rica. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at La Playita and look for gifts at Meli Melo Boutique.

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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. In August in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

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Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

2
nights
Jaco, Costa Rica

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): look for gifts at The Costa Rica Coffee Experience, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then get outside with Peak Training Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jaco Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Jaco travel route app .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Jaco

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach
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Peak Training Center

1
night
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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.
On the 7th (Tue), kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Santa Teresa trip app .

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Jaco to Santa Teresa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

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#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

1
night
Playa Samara, Costa Rica

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.
On the 8th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, take in the exciting artwork at Koss Art Gallery, and then kick back and relax at Samara Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara travel route planner .

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Playa Samara can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Koss Art Gallery ©
Koss Art Gallery

2
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

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 9th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Playa Avellana, then stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

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Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Tamarindo sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco trip planner .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Playas del Coco sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 12th (Sun), you'll travel to Miami.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

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Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Shark Diving
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts ©
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts

2
nights
Miami, United States

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): examine the collection at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, kick back and relax at Haulover Beach Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at South Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Art Deco Historic District, then wander the streets of Ocean Drive, then get a taste of the local shopping with Espanola Way, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Lincoln Road.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Miami tour itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Playas del Coco to Miami. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Playas del Coco to Miami due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Miami are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miami

#Parks, #Neighborhoods, #Outdoors

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Miami Beach, Haulover Beach Park
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Vizcaya Museum and Gardens ©
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
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South Beach
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Lincoln Road

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