19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  13​h
San Jose
— Few hours
car:  2​h
Dominical
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
Monteverde
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
Nosara
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Playa Negra
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
Playa Grande
— Few hours
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam

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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.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to San Jose is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Central Standard Time is minus 7 hours. In February, San Jose is warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Dominical.

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1
night
Dominical

Dominical ©
The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
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Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from San Jose to Dominical takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Dominical

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Adventure
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Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Butterfly Conservatory and Venado Caves. Take a break from the city and head to Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Paradise Hot Springs. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, shop like a local with Onirica Art Gallery, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Dominical to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Venado Caves
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
River Rafting & Tubing

5
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Curi Cancha Reserve. Kids will appreciate attractions like The Bat Jungle and Ecological Sanctuary. Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring nature at Up in the Cloud Forest. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery, and look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Teresa.

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

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nights
Santa Teresa

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 13th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen and then stop by Tica Surf Bikinis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa and then admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa road trip planning site .

Drive from Monteverde to Santa Teresa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, ferry, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Nosara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Montezuma Falls
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Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls

3
nights
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Escape the urban bustle at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary and Belen Waterfall. You'll get in some beach time at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) and Playa Manzanillo. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, putt your heart out at Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara, view the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, and get outside with Equisol Retreats CR, SRL.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nosara online vacation maker .

Getting from Santa Teresa to Nosara by combination of taxi and flight takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Nosara can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Playa Negra.

Things to do in Nosara

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Manzanillo, Belen Waterfall
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Playa Manzanillo ©
Playa Manzanillo

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night
Playa Negra

Playa Negra ©
On the 18th (Sun), stroll through Playa Avellana.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Playa Negra trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Nosara to Playa Negra takes 2 hours. In February in Playa Negra, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Playa Grande.

Things to do in Playa Negra

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Avellana
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Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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Playa Grande

On the 19th (Mon), get outside with Los Piratas de Flamingo and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Playa Grande attractions site .

Traveling by car from Playa Negra to Playa Grande takes an hour. In February in Playa Grande, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Grande

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
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Dolphin & Whale Watching

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