18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Jaco
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Liberia
— 3 nights
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Monteverde — 2 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery, gain a rich perspective with El Trapiche Tour, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Monteverde is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Monteverde. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in December: high temperatures in Monteverde hover around 32°C and lows are around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Jaco.
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Jaco — 2 nights

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then take in the views from Tarcoles Bridge. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see Off-Road Tours and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Jaco trip planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Jaco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio — 2 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
On the 2nd (Mon), see Off-Road Tours, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio journey planner.

Drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Vara Blanca.
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Vara Blanca — 1 night

A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see maps and tourist information, read Vara Blanca online travel planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca — 2 nights

Walaba

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarantulas Way, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cataratas Bribri Talamanca. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca travel route tool.

Getting from Vara Blanca to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.
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Tortuguero — 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

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 7th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tortuguero trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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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 trip includes some of its best attractions: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, and expand your horizons at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Liberia.
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Liberia — 3 nights

White City

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): contemplate the geological forces at Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Cafe Tio Leo, then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, and then look for gifts at Nahua.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Liberia trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Liberia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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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.
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