21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
San Jose
— 2 nights
bus + taxi:  3​h 30​min
2
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Turrialba
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h
End: Portland


2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and finally don't miss a visit to Mercado Nacional de Artesanias. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, then look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, and then admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Jose online tour builder .

Portland, USA to San Jose is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Portland to San Jose is 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Jose when traveling from Portland in June, with lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to take a shuttle to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Shopping

Side Trip

J.LANG Atelier & Showroom
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National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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 4th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Tortuguero National Park.

Before you visit Tortuguero, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from San Jose to Tortuguero by shuttle takes about 3.5 hours. In June in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Turrialba.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

2
nights
Turrialba

Turrialba ©
On the 5th (Tue), appreciate the history behind Guayabo National Park and Monument.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Turrialba road trip planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tortuguero to Turrialba. In June in Turrialba, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Turrialba

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Guayabo National Park and Monument ©

3
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Escape the urban bustle at MidWorld Costa Rica and Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices. There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip planner .

Getting from Turrialba to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4.5 hours. In June in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, get a taste of the local shopping with Wood & Art Gallery, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

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
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

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.
Visiting Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Monteverde Frog Pond will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Santa Elena Skywalk and Ecological Sanctuary. There's lots more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Art House, and meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde trip maker app .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Zipline
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana, stroll through Tamarindo Beach, and then look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique. On your second day here, explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, then look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Park, and then stroll through Playa Conchal.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip itinerary builder .

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 90°F in June, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

1
night
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
On the 19th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Llanos de Cortez Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks Nature Trails
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Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

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