19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana
Fly:  29​h
1
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Dominical
— 1 night
3
Dominical
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Jaco
— 1 night
7
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
10
Fraijanes
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 15​min
11
Tortuguero
— 1 night
car:  3​h
12
Cahuita
— 4 nights
Drive:  30​min
13
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Travel:  28​h
End: Ljubljana

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night
San Jose

San Jose
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Jose trip planner .

Ljubljana, Slovenia to San Jose is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Ljubljana in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Jose, with lows of 22°C. On the 17th (Sun), you'll travel to Dominical.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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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.
You've now added Hacienda Baru to your itinerary.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Dominical online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from San Jose to Dominical by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Dominical.

Things to do in Dominical

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru

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night
Dominical

Dominical
For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Dominical trip planner.

You will leave for Manuel Antonio on the 19th (Tue).

Things to do in Dominical

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Playa Biesanz as well as MidWorld Costa Rica. On the 19th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz, then look for gifts at Jungle Avenue, and then take in breathtaking views at MidWorld Costa Rica.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Dominical to Manuel Antonio takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Jungle Avenue
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Jungle Avenue ©
Jungle Avenue

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night
Uvita

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.
Uvita Waterfall has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Uvita online trip planner .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can take a bus to Jaco.

Things to do in Uvita

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena

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night
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.
Jungle Crocodile Safari has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): browse the collection at Jaco Library and Learning Center, then enjoy the sand and surf at Herradura Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bridge Over Rio Tarcoles, and finally see exotic creatures in open habitats at Jungle Crocodile Safari.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Jaco day trip app .

You can take a bus from Uvita to Jaco in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Tarcoles, Herradura Beach
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Jungle Crocodile Safari ©
Jungle Crocodile Safari
Herradura Beach ©
Herradura Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde road trip website .

You can take a shuttle from Jaco to Monteverde in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Zipline
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Butterfly Conservatory, Ecocentro Danaus and River Rafting & Tubing. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Conservatory, take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecocentro Danaus, then admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, then hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and finally make a splash at Kalambu Hot Springs Water Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
Find places to stay Jun 23 — 25:
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
River Rafting & Tubing
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus

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Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca ©
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca tour builder app .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Vara Blanca are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fraijanes.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 26:
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

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hours
Fraijanes

Fraijanes
You've now added Poas Volcano to your itinerary.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Fraijanes attractions website .

Fraijanes is just a short distance from Vara Blanca. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Fraijanes

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Poas Volcano
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): examine the collection at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip itinerary builder .

Explore your travel options from Fraijanes to Tortuguero with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in June, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to take a shuttle to Cahuita.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Sea Turtle Conservancy Visitor Center ©
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

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nights
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
You've now added Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica to your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and Tortuguero Canal. Step off the beaten path and head to Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary and Playa Bonita. Venture out of the city with trips to Puerto Limon (Mercado Municipal, The Buttercup Center, & more). Spend the 28th (Thu) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cahuita journey planner .

You can take a shuttle from Tortuguero to Cahuita in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Tortuguero to Cahuita is 1 hour. Traveling from Tortuguero in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Cahuita, with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Puerto Limon
Find places to stay Jun 27 — Jul 1:
Highlights from your plan
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica ©
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

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nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Foundation Jaguar Rescue Center has been added to your itinerary. On the 2nd (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Foundation Jaguar Rescue Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Chiquita, and then get your game on at Paintball Costa Rica.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online trip planner .

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is just a stone's throw from Cahuita. July in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita
Jaguar Rescue Center ©
Jaguar Rescue Center

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