25 days in Costa Rica & Nicaragua Itinerary

25 days in Costa Rica & Nicaragua Itinerary

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Liberia, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 1 night
Drive
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
Shuttle to San Jorge, Ferry to Isla de Ometepe
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Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
Ferry to San Jorge, Bus to San Juan del Sur
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Liberia, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Liberia, Costa Rica — 1 night

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.
To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Liberia vacation planning app.

Edmonton, Canada to Liberia is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. On the 4th (Sat), you'll travel to San Juan del Sur.
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Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua — 1 night

Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at San Juan del Sur Beach and then don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Juan del Sur trip planner.

You can drive from Liberia to San Juan del Sur in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car; or take a shuttle. In February, daily temperatures in San Juan del Sur can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Granada.
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Granada, Nicaragua — 3 nights

The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
Go for a jaunt from Granada to La Laguna de Apoyo to see Apoyo about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Islets of Granada, see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, and stop by Mombacho Cigars.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Granada trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from San Juan del Sur to Granada takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Isla de Ometepe.
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Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua — 3 nights

Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
Isla de Ometepe is known for nature, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Charco Verde, ponder the design of Ojo de Agua, examine the collection at El Ceibo Museums, and get in on the family fun at Chico Largo Adventure.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Isla de Ometepe trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and ferry from Granada to Isla de Ometepe in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to San Juan del Sur.
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our San Juan del Sur online visit planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica — 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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and explore the galleries of Wood & Art Gallery.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary site.

Getting from San Juan del Sur to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica — 4 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.
Step out of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to go to Cahuita and see Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, which is approximately 42 minutes away. Spend the 16th (Thu) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarantulas Way, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Puerto Viejo, take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, and look for gifts at Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca tour itinerary maker website.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.
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Side Trip

Monteverde, Costa Rica — 3 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, relax and rejuvenate at Monteverde Massage, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Monteverde takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica — 4 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours & Jaco Beach). The adventure continues: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, see Off-Road Tours, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Liberia.
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Liberia, Costa Rica — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Liberia sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Liberia in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 27th (Mon).
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Highlights from your trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.4
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.
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Nicaragua travel guide

4.3
Churches · Volcanos · Specialty Museums
Still emerging as a major tourist destination, Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America, entices travelers with its rich history and remarkable natural beauty just waiting to be discovered. A holiday in Nicaragua allows you to explore a vibrant culture, scenic beaches, and plenty of spots off the beaten path. Majestic volcanoes, lakes, and forests offer numerous chances for exploration and exciting adventures, while major cities boast splendid colonial architecture. With access to coastlines on both the Pacific and the Caribbean, a vacation in Nicaragua appeals to those looking for thrilling surfing experiences, dramatic views, or a chance to spread out on a deserted tropical beach.
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