20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Budapest
Fly:  18​h 45​min
San Jose
— 4 nights
shuttle:  3​h 30​min
Tortuguero
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Budapest

4
nights
San Jose

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.
Get out of town with these interesting San Jose side-trips: La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca), Zoo Ave (in Alajuela) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, shop like a local with Galeria Namu, get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), and explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Jose day trip planning tool .

Budapest, Hungary to San Jose is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Budapest to San Jose is minus 7 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Budapest in February: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 30°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to take a shuttle to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, Zoo Ave, La Paz Waterfall Gardens
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 25th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip planning website .

Traveling by shuttle from San Jose to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in February, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Tortuguero

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

2
nights
Tamarindo

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): explore and take pictures at Kingpin Sportfishing and then look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo online driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Tortuguero to Tamarindo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, flight, and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tortuguero in February: high temperatures in Tamarindo hover around 39°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Theme Parks, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates

3
nights
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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, wildlife, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, and stop by Souvenir Rosewood.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Monteverde vacation planner .

Getting from Tamarindo to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Adventure
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Manuel Antonio side-trips: Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita) and Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store (in Dominical). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, relax in the rural setting at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio sightseeing website .

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; 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 7th (Wed) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Adventure

Side Trips

Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
River Rafting & Tubing

4
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, and stroll through Ecocentro Danaus.

Plan my day in La Fortuna de San Carlos using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

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 on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to 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
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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