18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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San Jose
— 1 night
Shuttle
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Gulf of Papagayo
— 4 nights
Bus
4
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Monteverde
— 4 nights
Taxi to Atenas, Fly to London Gatwick

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San Jose

— 1 night
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.
For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip itinerary builder website.

London, UK to San Jose is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from London in March, with highs in San Jose at 32°C and lows at 21°C. You'll set off for La Fortuna de San Carlos on the 26th (Fri).

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 26:

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 nights
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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take a memorable tour with Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary tool.

You can take a shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to catch the shuttle to Gulf of Papagayo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 30:

Gulf of Papagayo

— 4 nights
A concerted development project by the government given Gulf of Papagayo a growing number of luxury and all inclusive resort complexes and turned it into one of the country's leading holiday destinations.
Gulf of Papagayo is known for adventure, nightlife, and golf. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Playa Nacascolo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Gulf of Papagayo online itinerary planner.

You can take a shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Gulf of Papagayo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Gulf of Papagayo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 3:

Tamarindo

— 3 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Scuba Dive Costa Rica as well as Kelly's Surf Shop. Step out of Tamarindo to go to Playa Conchal and see Playa Conchal, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach and get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip builder tool.

You can take a bus from Gulf of Papagayo to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 3 — 6:

Monteverde

— 4 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. You'll set off for home on the 10th (Sat).

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 10:

Costa Rica travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.