19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly + taxi:  23​h
1
Playas del Coco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Nosara
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Cahuita
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Monteverde
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Tel Aviv

3
nights
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.
Visiting Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Playa Hermosa Turismo Rural Comunitario will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Shark Diving and Rincon de La Vieja National Park. There's more to do: stroll through Playa Hermosa.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco planning app .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Playas del Coco is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Playas del Coco, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Tel Aviv in April, plan for warmer days in Playas del Coco, with highs around 41°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nosara.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Rincon de La Vieja National Park
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Shark Diving

2
nights
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): try for a hole-in-one at Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara, then view the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, then identify plant and animal life at Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Nosara road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Nosara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cahuita.

Things to do in Nosara

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cahuita journey maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Nosara to Cahuita takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nosara to Cahuita due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Nosara in April: highs in Cahuita hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Cahuita

#Parks, #Wildlife
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3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Butterfly Conservatory and Paradise Hot Springs. Take a break from the city and head to Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Venado Caves. There's still lots to do: trek along Ecocentro Danaus, witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), and view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cahuita to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cahuita to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

4
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Rainmaker Park. Escape the urban bustle at Playa Biesanz and Zipline. There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, and shop like a local with Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio driving holiday tool .

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. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Rainmaker Park
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, then stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, then identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall. On your second day here, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then identify plant and animal life at Hacienda Baru.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Uvita trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Dominical
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, then identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Viento Fresco Waterfall.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde road trip website .

Getting from Uvita to Monteverde by combination of bus and shuttle takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Viento Fresco Waterfall
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Viento Fresco Waterfall ©
Viento Fresco Waterfall
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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