18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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1
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
4
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
5
San Jose
— 3 nights

2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Step out of Tamarindo to go to Playa Conchal and see Playa Conchal, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip itinerary planning tool.

Budapest, Hungary to Tamarindo is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, and finally take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Monteverde tour itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, take a memorable tour with Tours, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos sightseeing planning website.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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

4
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.
Take a break from Manuel Antonio with a short trip to Horseback Riding Tours in Jaco, about 1h 15 min away. Spend the 12th (Tue) on the water with a fishing tour. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and stroll through Playa Biesanz.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip builder app.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Horseback Riding Tours
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Fishing Charters & Tours

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.
Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Jose road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. March in San Jose sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
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Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

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