20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Paris
Fly:  14​h 30​min
San Jose
— 4 nights
shuttle:  3​h 30​min
Tortuguero
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Monteverde
— 2 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
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  18​h 30​min
Paris

3
days
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: 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, admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and stop by Chieton Moren.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose tour builder website .

Paris, France to San Jose is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Paris in March, things will get much hotter in San Jose: highs are around 32°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to take a shuttle to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

#Nature, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

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

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tortuguero day trip planning site .

Traveling by shuttle from San Jose to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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

2
days
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 27th (Tue): stop by Azul Profundo Boutique and then get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo online attractions planner .

Getting from Tortuguero to Tamarindo by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, flight, and bus. When traveling from Tortuguero in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tamarindo: temperatures range from 40°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): stop by Souvenir Rosewood and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde visit planning site .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) 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

3
days
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.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, nightlife, nature, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take a peaceful walk through Kids Saving the Rain Forest, and stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio travel planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In April in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Adventure

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Kids Saving the Rain Forest
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
River Rafting & Tubing

5
days
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, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker website .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can 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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