19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Edmonton
Fly:  14​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Nosara
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi + ferry:  4​h 45​min
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h
Edmonton

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas & Wellness and Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal). There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, look for gifts at Lydia Beech Art, and get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip itinerary planning tool .

Edmonton, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Edmonton to Tamarindo. In March, Tamarindo is much hotter than Edmonton - with highs of 40°C and lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nosara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Theme Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

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

2
days
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
On the 22nd (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then identify plant and animal life at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then putt your heart out at Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, and finally take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nosara tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Nosara in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in March, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Nosara

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Spas & Wellness
Horseback Riding Tours

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Uvita Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): take a memorable tour with Tours, then admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, and then stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Uvita trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, taxi, and ferry from Nosara to Uvita takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trip

Hacienda Baru
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the next day, get a taste of the local shopping with Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Zipline
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Zipline

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ecocentro Danaus and Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). Venture out of the city with trips to El Castillo (Arenal Eco Zoo & Butterfly Conservatory). The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves, and view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Keep things going the next day: meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and finally stop by Hummingbird Gallery.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Monteverde travel route planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco and then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Playas del Coco day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Playas del Coco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In April, daytime highs in Playas del Coco are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
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Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©

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