20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  11​h 30​min
Liberia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Canton of San Ramon
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Jaco
— 1 night
shuttle:  2​h 30​min
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
Playa Conchal
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
End: Liberia

1
night
Liberia

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): stop by Souvenirs La gran Nicoya and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Liberia trip website .

Calgary, Canada to Liberia is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Calgary to Liberia due to the time zone difference. In February, Liberia is much warmer than Calgary - with highs of 39°C and lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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River Rafting & Tubing
Souvenirs La gran Nicoya ©
Souvenirs La gran Nicoya

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Venado Caves as well as Rainforest Chocolate Tour. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Canopy San Luis. Visiting Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, view the masterpieces at Wood and Art Gallery, and take in the natural beauty of Eco Termales Hot Springs.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Liberia to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Canton of San Ramon.

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
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Venado Caves ©
Venado Caves

few
hours
Canton of San Ramon

Canton of San Ramon
You've now added Nectandra Cloud Forest Garden to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at El Silencio de Los Angeles Cloud Forest Reserve and then admire the natural beauty at Nectandra Cloud Forest Garden.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Canton of San Ramon day trip planning site .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Canton of San Ramon in 2.5 hours. In February in Canton of San Ramon, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

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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.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Biesanz and La Playita. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Matapalo and Playa Espadilla Norte. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Mulguri Adventure.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary site .

Getting from Canton of San Ramon to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Canton of San Ramon in February, expect nights in Manuel Antonio to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Jaco.

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Quepos
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Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Playa Matapalo ©
Playa Matapalo

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Neo Fauna, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then take in the exciting artwork at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Carton the Surf Shop and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Jaco tour app .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to take a shuttle to Monteverde.

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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Neo Fauna ©
Neo Fauna
Spas & Wellness

3
nights
Monteverde

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 3rd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecological Sanctuary, look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, and finally admire the sheer force of San Luis Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip planner .

Getting from Jaco to Monteverde by shuttle takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites
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The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

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.
On the 5th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, stop by Papaya Con Leche, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then stop by Azul Profundo Boutique.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo sightseeing planning app .

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in March, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Playa Conchal.

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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Playa Conchal

On the 7th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then choose your vessel at Costa Rica Sailing Center.

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Playa Conchal is very close to Tamarindo. March in Playa Conchal sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Playa Conchal

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

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Costa Rica Sailing Center, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Costa Rica Sailing Center ©
Costa Rica Sailing Center

2
nights
Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ocotal and then head outdoors with Crazy Alex CR.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Playas del Coco trip builder site .

Drive from Playa Conchal to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Playas del Coco are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

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Side Trips

Playa Ocotal, Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Playa Ocotal ©
Playa Ocotal

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