20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Shuttle
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Drake Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Shuttle to San José, Fly to Tamarindo
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 3 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.
You've now added Paradise Hot Springs to your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Bogarin Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Arenal 1968 Volcano View & Trails and Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

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

San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 2.5-hour shuttle ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.
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Tortuguero — 2 nights

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 6th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sendero Cerro Tortuguero, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero attractions site.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In February in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Jaguar Rescue Center. On the 8th (Wed), get a dose of the wild on Jaguar Rescue Center, stroll through Tarantulas Way, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then relax and rejuvenate at Indulgence Spa.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Drake Bay.
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Drake Bay — 2 nights

Your day by day itinerary now includes The Divine Dolphin. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Cano Island. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa San Josecito, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then get close to the beloved marine mammals with The Divine Dolphin.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Drake Bay trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Drake Bay in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Uvita.
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Uvita — 2 nights

Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
On the 12th (Sun), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then admire the sheer force of Santa Lucia Falls, and then look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, stroll through Oro Verde Biological Reserve, and then relax and rejuvenate at Danyasa Eco-Retreat - Bamboo Yoga Play Studio.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Uvita road trip tool.

Drive from Drake Bay to Uvita in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive 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 14th (Tue), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, enjoy the sand and surf at Playas Gemelas, and then take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty. On the next day, kick back and relax at Playa Espadilla Norte, then get outside with Tranquilo Charters, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Mademoiselle Salon.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip builder.

Getting from Uvita to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Tamarindo.
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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 Tamarindo Diving. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa Avellana and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Get in touch with nature at Off-Road Tours and Tamarindo Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Supyoga Costa Rica (in Playa Negra) and Playa Manzanillo (in Nicoya). It doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo road trip planning site.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Manuel Antonio to Tamarindo in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Monteverde.
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Valle Escondido Nature Reserve and Curi Cancha Reserve. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ecological Sanctuary and Monteverde Nature Guided Tours. There's much more to do: stroll through Aguti Monteverde - Wildlife Reserve, indulge in some personalized pampering at Monteverde Massage, experience rural life at Hidden Valley Permaculture Farm, and take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip itinerary site.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive 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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