21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

21 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica itinerary planner

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Fly to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Drive to Vara Blanca
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
— 4 nights
Mal Pais
— 4 nights
Playa Flamingo
— 5 nights
Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Bornholm


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 12th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Vara Blanca trip itinerary site.

Bornholm, Denmark to Vara Blanca is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature
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Highlights from your trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 5 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: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos visit website.

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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— 4 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, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get a dose of the wild on Monteverde Nature Guided Tours, and get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Monteverde can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Mal Pais.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure
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Mal Pais

— 4 nights
Explore Mal Pais' surroundings by going to Montezuma (Horseback Riding Tours, Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia, &more). Spend the 23rd (Thu) exploring nature at Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Mal Pais trip planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Mal Pais in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in Mal Pais

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Playa Flamingo

— 5 nights

White Beach

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
Take a break from Playa Flamingo with a short trip to Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal, contemplate the waterfront views at Potrero Beach, and get outside with Arenas Blancas.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Playa Flamingo trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Mal Pais to Playa Flamingo in 4.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Playa Flamingo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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Costa Rica travel guide

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.