20 days in Costa Rica & Isla Bastimentos Itinerary

20 days in Costa Rica & Isla Bastimentos Itinerary

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20 days in Costa Rica & Isla Bastimentos Itinerary

Vancouver, Canada
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  17​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Nosara, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 1 night
bus + ferry:  1​h 30​min
Jaco, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
bus + Drive:  5​h 15​min
Drake Bay, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h
Isla Bastimentos, Panama
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 1 night
San Jose, Costa Rica

3
days
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
Let the collections at Onirica Art Gallery and Wood and Art Gallery capture your imagination. Get in touch with nature at Paradise Hot Springs and Tabacon Hot Springs. There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker site .

Vancouver, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Vancouver to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
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Ecocentro Danaus

1
day
Monteverde, Costa Rica

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 21st (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, then view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery, and then take in the dramatic scenery at San Luis Waterfall.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde route builder website .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Nosara.

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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
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Arte Jaguar Gallery

2
days
Nosara, Costa Rica

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 22nd (Thu): stroll through Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), then try for a hole-in-one at Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara, then get outside with Equisol Retreats CR, SRL, and finally take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, then explore the galleries of Koss Art Gallery, and then kick back and relax at Samara Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Nosara attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Nosara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 94°F in March, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Nosara

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Playa Samara
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach

1
day
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa, and then stop by Tica Surf Bikinis.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Santa Teresa road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Nosara to Santa Teresa in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Jaco.

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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

2
days
Jaco, Costa Rica

Jaco ©
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Carara National Park and then take in the exciting artwork at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Bejuco, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jaco Beach, and then stop by The Costa Rica Coffee Experience.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Jaco itinerary maker site .

Getting from Santa Teresa to Jaco by combination of taxi and ferry takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Jaco

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Carara National Park, Playa Bejuco
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Tico Pod Art House & Gifts ©
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts
Playa Bejuco ©
Playa Bejuco
Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach

3
days
Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Explore hidden gems such as Kayaking & Canoeing and Rancho Raices de Osa. Escape the urban bustle at Cano Island and Nature & Wildlife Tours.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Drake Bay day trip site .

Getting from Jaco to Drake Bay by combination of bus and car takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Isla Bastimentos.

Things to do in Drake Bay

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Side Trip

Puerto Jimenez
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cano Island ©
Cano Island
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
days
Isla Bastimentos, Panama

Isla Bastimentos ©
Sitting fairly close to the mainland and just a short boat ride from Bocas del Toro International Airport, the well-connected but still preserved Isla Bastimentos offers access to a national park of protected rainforest and coastline, as well as an abundance of small, uninhabited islands dotted just offshore.
On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Red Frog Beach.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Isla Bastimentos holiday app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Drake Bay to Isla Bastimentos. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Drake Bay to Isla Bastimentos. On the 2nd (Mon), you're off toPuerto Viejo de Talamanca.

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Red Frog Beach ©
Red Frog Beach

2
days
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at La Ceiba and then identify plant and animal life at Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Isla Bastimentos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in April, and nighttime lows around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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Cahuita National Park
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Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park

0
days
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.
To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Jose trip planner .

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier evenings in San Jose when traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in April, with lows around 67°F. On the 5th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

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