21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica vacation planner
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Bus to Vienna, Fly to San Jose, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
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Drake Bay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 1 night
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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.
Get in touch with nature at La Fortuna Waterfall and River Rafting & Tubing. And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, head outdoors with El Salto, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planner.

Bratislava, Slovakia to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 21-hour combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.
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Side Trip

Tortuguero — 1 night

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 5th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip site.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. March in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca — 2 nights

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.
On the 6th (Sun), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Punta Uva. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca planning website.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Drake Bay.
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Side Trips

Drake Bay — 3 nights

Escape the urban bustle at Corcovado National Park and Cano Island.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Drake Bay trip planning website.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Drake Bay by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.
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Side Trip

Manuel Antonio — 3 nights

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 the city and head to Playa Manuel Antonio and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. Step out of Manuel Antonio with an excursion to Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars in Uvita--about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and stroll around Manuel Antonio National Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Jaco.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): stroll through Jaco Beach, then see majestic marine mammals with Costa Rica Dreams Sportfishing, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On your second day here, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, push the limits with an extreme tour, then see Off-Road Tours, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Jaco Walk Open Air Shopping Center.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Jaco trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Jaco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.
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Side Trips

Tamarindo — 2 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then stroll through Playa Conchal, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Tamarindo Beach, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana, and finally get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip builder website.

Drive from Jaco to Tamarindo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Playas del Coco.
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Side Trips

Playas del Coco — 2 nights

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): tee off at Four Seasons Golf Club, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Nacascolo, then view the masterpieces at Costa Rica'n Art Craft, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): get outside with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Playas del Coco trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.
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Side Trips

Monteverde — 1 night

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde itinerary website.

Drive from Playas del Coco to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel back home.
Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.