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 + bus:  18​h 45​min
Leon, Nicaragua
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Granada, Nicaragua
— 1 night
ferry + Drive:  5​h
Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: London, United Kingdom

1
night
Leon, Nicaragua

Leon ©
A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church The Recollection, then examine the collection at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, then kick back and relax at Playa Las Penitas, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Asunción.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Leon sightseeing planning app .

London, UK to Leon is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Leon. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from London in March, with highs in Leon at 41°C and lows at 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Granada.

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Playa Las Penitas ©
Playa Las Penitas
Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian ©
Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción

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.
On the 19th (Mon), see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, then step off the mainland to explore Islets of Granada, and finally get impressive views of Mombacho Volcano National Preserve.

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Getting from Leon to Granada by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in March, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Isla de Ometepe.

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Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Mombacho Volcano National Preserve ©

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 20th (Tue), ponder the design of Ojo de Agua, then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Charco Verde, then step off the mainland to explore Isla Ometepe, and finally examine the collection at Museum El Ceibo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): stroll through Punta Jesus Maria, get impressive views of Volcan Concepcion, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Ometepe.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Isla de Ometepe visit app .

Getting from Granada to Isla de Ometepe by ferry takes about 5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Granada in March: highs in Isla de Ometepe hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to take a bus to San Juan del Sur.

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Isla Ometepe
Isla Ometepe
Laguna Charco Verde ©
Laguna Charco Verde
Ojo de Agua ©
Ojo de Agua

1
night
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.
On the 22nd (Thu), stroll through San Juan del Sur Beach, get lost in a book at San Juan del Sur Library, and then don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Juan del Sur trip planner .

Take a bus from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur in 1.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

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San Juan del Sur Beach ©
San Juan del Sur Beach
Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia ©

2
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, then admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, and then stroll through Tamarindo Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip planner .

Getting from San Juan del Sur to Tamarindo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from San Juan del Sur in March, you will find days in Tamarindo are a bit warmer (40°C), and nights are slightly colder (25°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Jose.

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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

2
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, stroll through Parque La Sabana, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Jose trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Tamarindo to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Tamarindo in March, expect San Jose to be a bit cooler, temps between 31°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

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Poas Volcano, Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral, La Paz Waterfall Gardens
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
On the 27th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then see MidWorld Costa Rica. Here are some ideas for day two: cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio road trip app .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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Side Trip

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

5
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, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde day trip tool .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

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Zipline
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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