26 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

26 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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26 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Winnipeg
Fly + bus + shuttle:  15​h 15​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Montezuma
— 6 nights
taxi + Fly:  45​min
Nosara
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Playas del Coco
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  13​h 45​min
Winnipeg

6
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, parks, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder tool .

Winnipeg, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Montezuma.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

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Arenal Volcano National Park
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

6
days
Montezuma

Montezuma ©
With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
Get out of town with these interesting Montezuma side-trips: Jaco (Peak Training Center & Adrenaline & Extreme Tours), Santa Teresa (Playa Carmen, Tica Surf Bikinis, & more) and Tortuga Island (in Paquera). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Montezuma Falls, head off the coast to Isla de Cabuya, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Montezuma day trip planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Montezuma takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nosara.

Things to do in Montezuma

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Santa Teresa, Jaco, Tortuga Island
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls

3
days
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Explore Nosara's surroundings by going to Barra Honda National Park (in Nicoya) and Playa Samara (Samara Beach & Barrigona Beach). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, and tour the pleasant surroundings at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nosara trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Montezuma to Nosara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Nosara

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Samara, Barra Honda National Park
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Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Tamarindo to Playa Conchal to see Playa Conchal about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Nosara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Tamarindo can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

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

5
days
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja, Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, & more). There's lots more to do: stroll through Playa Hermosa, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, kick back and relax at Playa Ocotal, and look for all kinds of wild species at The Monkey Farm.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Playas del Coco sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, The Monkey Farm, Playa Hermosa, Playa Ocotal
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Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

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