19 days in Nicaragua & Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Nicaragua & Costa Rica Itinerary

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19 days in Nicaragua & Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly + shuttle:  19​h
1
Granada, Nicaragua
— 1 night
+3
shuttle + foot + bus + ferry:  5​h
2
Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + ferry + bus:  1​h 15​min
3
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h
4
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  3​h 15​min
5
Rincon de La Vieja, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: London, United Kingdom

1
night
Granada, Nicaragua

Granada ©
The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, look for gifts at Soy Nica, then admire the striking features of Guadalupe Church, then head off the coast to Islets of Granada, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Granada.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Granada road trip website .

London, UK to Granada is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Granada. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from London in March: high temperatures in Granada hover around 39°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in Granada

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Museums
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Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Catedral de Granada ©
Catedral de Granada

2
nights
Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

Isla de Ometepe
Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
On the 19th (Mon), ponder the design of Ojo de Agua and then get impressive views of Volcan Maderas. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get impressive views of Volcan Concepcion, then step off the mainland to explore Isla Ometepe, and then examine the collection at Museum El Ceibo.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Isla de Ometepe journey planner.

Ride a ferry from Granada to Isla de Ometepe in 5 hours. When traveling from Granada in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Isla de Ometepe: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to take a bus to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums
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Isla Ometepe
Isla Ometepe
Ojo de Agua ©
Ojo de Agua
Volcan Maderas
Volcan Maderas

1
day
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

San Juan del Sur ©
Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at San Juan del Sur Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, then browse the collection at San Juan del Sur Library, and finally make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Juan del Sur holiday planning website .

Traveling by bus from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur takes 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in San Juan del Sur can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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San Juan del Sur Beach ©
San Juan del Sur Beach
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve
Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia ©

3
nights
San Jose, Costa Rica

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro), Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca). And it doesn't end there: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, ponder the world of politics at Correos de Costa Rica, explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Jose trip planning site .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi from San Juan del Sur to San Jose in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In March, San Jose is little chillier than San Juan del Sur - with highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Rincon de La Vieja.

Things to do in San Jose

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trips

Toucan Rescue Ranch, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Poas Volcano
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

1
night
Rincon de La Vieja, Costa Rica

Rincon de La Vieja
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Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and car from San Jose to Rincon de La Vieja takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from San Jose in March, you will find days in Rincon de La Vieja are a bit warmer (40°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja
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1
night
Monteverde, Costa Rica

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 27th (Tue): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

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Traveling by car from Rincon de La Vieja to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Adventure
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Zipline

2
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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 28th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then get a dose of the wild on MidWorld Costa Rica. Here are some ideas for day two: get interesting insight from Tours.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip planner .

Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, trails, parks, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

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