21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
Fly + shuttle:  12​h 15​min
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Carate
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Drake Bay
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
shuttle + bus + Fly:  12​h 15​min
Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Art House, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip itinerary planner .

Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands to Monteverde is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seven Mile Beach to Monteverde due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

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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.
Get outdoors at MidWorld Costa Rica and Playa Biesanz. There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Espadilla Norte, look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio attractions planner .

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In July, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Carate.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

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Playa Espadilla Norte
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MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
River Rafting & Tubing
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

2
days
Carate

Carate
Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Escondido Trex.

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You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Carate in 5.5 hours. You'll set off for Drake Bay on the 4th (Sat).

Things to do in Carate

#Outdoors

Side Trip

Escondido Trex
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2
days
Drake Bay

Drake Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): savor the flavors at Minisuper Drake. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Cano Island.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Drake Bay day trip site .

Traveling by car from Carate to Drake Bay takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Vara Blanca.

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Cano Island ©
Cano Island

2
days
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 6th (Mon), look for gifts at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then get impressive views of Poas Volcano. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Else Kientzler Botanical Garden and then look for all kinds of wild species at Refugio de Vida Silvestre Bosque Alegre.

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Getting from Drake Bay to Vara Blanca by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Vara Blanca are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Refugio de Vida Silvestre Bosque Alegre, Else Kientzler Botanical Garden, Poas Volcano, Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Else Kientzler Botanical Garden ©
Else Kientzler Botanical Garden
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Toucan Rescue Ranch will get you outdoors. Appreciate the collections at Precolumbian Gold Museum and National Museum (Museo Nacional). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, wander the streets of Multiplaza, and step off the mainland to explore Cocos Island National Park.

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Getting from Vara Blanca to San Jose by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trips

Multiplaza, Cocos Island National Park, Toucan Rescue Ranch
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National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
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.
Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Baldi Hot Springs. Take a break from La Fortuna de San Carlos with a short trip to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo, about 42 minutes away. Spend the 13th (Mon) among the fascinating landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, hike along Ecocentro Danaus, and stroll through Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

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You can do a combination of flight and taxi from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. You will leave for home on the 16th (Thu).

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

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