21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Toronto
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  12​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Jose
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
Manuel Antonio
— 8 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 5 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Toronto

3
nights
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.
Kids will enjoy Butterfly Conservatory and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall and view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery.

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

Toronto, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Toronto to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to La Paz Waterfall Gardens and River Rafting & Tubing. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), get a taste of the local shopping with Multiplaza, and look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read San Jose tour itinerary planner .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

#Shopping, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trips

Escazu, La Paz Waterfall Gardens
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National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing

8
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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Take a break from the city and head to MidWorld Costa Rica and River Rafting & Tubing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Hacienda Baru (in Guapil), Uvita (Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars & Uvita Beach) and Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store (in Dominical). Spend the 26th (Wed) on the water with a fishing tour. Next up on the itinerary: experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planner .

Getting from San Jose to Manuel Antonio by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trips

Quepos, Uvita, Dominical
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
River Rafting & Tubing

5
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Family-friendly places like Tamarindo Beach and Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates will thrill your kids. Visit Playa Conchal and Playa Avellana for some beach relaxation. There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Diamante Boutique, and admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tamarindo in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Manuel Antonio in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tamarindo: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Playa Conchal, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

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