28 days in Nicaragua & Costa Rica Itinerary

28 days in Nicaragua & Costa Rica Itinerary

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Leon, Nicaragua
— 4 nights
2
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
4
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
5
Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica
— 1 night
6
Drake Bay, Costa Rica
— 1 night
7
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
8
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 4 nights

4
nights
Leon, Nicaragua

Leon ©
A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Catedral de la Asunción and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Step out of Leon with an excursion to Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve in Las Penitas--about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get in touch with nature with Mas Adventures, look for gifts at The Souvenir Factory, get impressive views of Momotombo, and shake up your sightseeing with Volcano Day.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Leon trip builder site.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Leon is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Leon is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Tel Aviv in July, you will find days in Leon are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Leon

Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve
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Volcano Day ©
Volcano Day
Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción
Mas Adventures ©
Mas Adventures

5
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pura Aventura and Nosara Escape. Venture out of the city with trips to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo), Hacienda El Roble & Adventure Center (in Santa Cruz) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Playa Samara). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, stroll through Monkey Park, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo journey planning site.

Traveling by car from Leon to Tamarindo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Nosara Escape, Playa Hermosa, Horseback Riding Tours
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Hacienda El Roble & Adventure Center ©
Hacienda El Roble & Adventure Center

5
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Venado Caves and Paradise Hot Springs. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo, approximately El Castillo away. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, stroll through Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, take a memorable tour with Tours, and get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Venado Caves ©
Venado Caves
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs

2
nights
Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 19th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on Jungle Tom Safaris Day Tours, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

Before you visit Tortuguero, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Perez Zeledon.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Tours
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica

Perez Zeledon
On the 21st (Wed), surround yourself with nature on Selva Mar Tours.

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Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Perez Zeledon takes 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Perez Zeledon

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
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1
night
Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Drake Bay trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Perez Zeledon to Drake Bay in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Uvita Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Off-Road Tours in Jaco (about 1h 30 min away). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, trot along with a tour on horseback, and whizz through the canopy at Zip Coaster.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip site.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Quepos, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Off-Road Tours, Uvita Beach
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Spas

4
nights
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at El Trapiche Tour and Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas). There's much more to do: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde tour planning tool.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

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