19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  12​h 45​min
Carara
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Sarapiqui
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Cahuita
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Ottawa

3
nights
Carara

Carara ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Carara National Park and then stop by The Costa Rica Coffee Experience.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Carara day trip planning site .

Ottawa, Canada to Carara is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ottawa to Carara due to the time zone difference. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Carara

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Jaco, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls ©
Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
The Costa Rica Coffee Experience ©
The Costa Rica Coffee Experience

3
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, stop by Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Carara to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

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

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 2nd (Wed) among the fascinating landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Sarapiqui.

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
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Sarapiqui

Sarapiqui ©
On the 4th (Fri), explore the activities along Sarapiqui River and then identify plant and animal life at Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sarapiqui trip planner .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Sarapiqui by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May in Sarapiqui, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in Sarapiqui

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Sarapiqui River
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Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©
Sarapiqui River ©
Sarapiqui River

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 5th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park.

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Getting from Sarapiqui to Cahuita by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sarapiqui to Cahuita is 1 hour. Traveling from Sarapiqui in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Cahuita, with lows around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Jose.

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Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park

3
nights
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.
Spend the 9th (Wed) on the water with a fishing tour. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio tour itinerary builder .

Drive from Cahuita to Manuel Antonio in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cahuita to Manuel Antonio, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cahuita in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Manuel Antonio, with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
River Rafting & Tubing

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