19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Calgary
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  12​h 15​min
1
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Nosara
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Playas del Coco
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  9​h
End: Calgary

2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tamarindo, use our trip itinerary maker.

Calgary, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Calgary to Tamarindo is 1 hour. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Calgary in November, with highs in Tamarindo at 36°C and lows at 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nosara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Spas

Side Trip

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): view the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, then identify plant and animal life at Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, then identify plant and animal life at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally try for a hole-in-one at Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nosara trip builder tool .

Getting from Tamarindo to Nosara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Nosara

Parks Wildlife Museums
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara ©
Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara

3
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.
On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Nosara to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Nosara in November, plan for little chillier days in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, with highs around 30°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, Nature Observatorio
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica ©
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

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 Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get outdoors at Ecocentro Danaus and Los Lagos Hot Springs. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to El Castillo and see Arenal Eco Zoo, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), shop like a local with Onirica Art Gallery, and take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker website .

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, and then look for gifts at Super Joseth. On the next day, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Oro Verde Biological Reserve, kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, and then stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, then identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Uvita online trip itinerary builder .

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 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Dominical
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
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 9th (Sun): meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Theme Park, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond. On the next day, look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas).

To see maps and tourist information, use the Monteverde vacation planner.

You can do a combination of bus and shuttle from Uvita to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

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.
Get outdoors at Zipline and Llanos de Cortez Waterfall. Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Hermosa and Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco trip planning app .

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. December in Playas del Coco sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Zipline, Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 13:
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Zipline
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Scuba & Snorkeling

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