Best of Monteverde

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Monteverde
The mountainous Monteverde region is a traveler favorite, topping lists for its distinct cloud forest ecosystem, abundant wildlife, and options for hiking and zip-lining. Its popularity is largely due to its three protected cloud forest reserves which contain a diversity of flora and fauna, miles of rewarding hiking trails, and proximity to most of Costa Rica's popular stops.
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Monteverde Essentials

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How Many Days Should You Spend in Monteverde?

Monteverde is one of the Central American nation's most popular ecotourism hot spots, and the main reason travelers come here is to tour the cloud forests. In 24 hours, you can do many of the activities make this area famous—ziplining, canopy walks on suspension bridges, and naturalist-led night hikes. With an extra day or two, venture into the surrounding countryside for coffee plantation tours and special garden visits. Read on to find out more.

Explore Monteverde
Where to Eat in Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde's rare cloud forest ecosystem sits high above sea level in the mountains of Costa Rica. Your base for excursions will be Santa Elena, a relatively quiet mountain village that welcomes travelers to the area's multiple nature reserves. Here you'll find a good array of restaurants, from mom-and-pop shops serving reliable local fare to Italian spots known for wood-fired pizza and fresh pasta.

Ultimate Guide to Monteverde: Costa Rica's Lost World
Ultimate Guide to Monteverde: Costa Rica's Lost World

Costa Rica's mountainous Monteverde region is a traveler favorite, topping lists for its distinct cloud forest ecosystem, abundant wildlife, and options for hiking and zip-lining. Head northwest for a long weekend from San José or visit after a few days at Arenal—whatever you choose, this guide has everything you need to plan your time.

Monteverde Itineraries

Hanging bridge in Monteverde National Park
Map of Monteverde Cloud Forest - 5 Days
Monteverde Cloud Forest - 5 Days

Costa Rica's mountainous Monteverde region is a traveler favorite, topping lists for its distinct cloud forest ecosystem, abundant wildlife, and options for hiking and zip-lining. Perfect for a quick getaway, the five-day version of this itinerary will take you to both Monteverde and Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserves, along with two nights in vibrant San José.

Hanging bridge in Monteverde National Park
Map of Monteverde Cloud Forest - 4 Days
Monteverde Cloud Forest - 4 Days

Costa Rica's mountainous Monteverde region is a traveler favorite, topping lists for its distinct cloud forest ecosystem, abundant wildlife, and options for hiking and zip-lining. In this 4-day quick getaway, you'll head northwest of San Jose to explore this unique destination. Perfect for a long weekend or just a quick middle-of-the-week getaway.

Hanging bridge in Monteverde National Park
Map of Costa Rica's Cloud Forests - 6 Days
Costa Rica's Cloud Forests - 6 Days

Head to the Monteverde region if you want to experience a distinct ecosystem, spot wildlife, and have plentiful options for hiking and zip-lining. Perfect for a quick getaway, the 6-day version of this itinerary will take you to both Monteverde and Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserves, along with two nights in vibrant San José.

La Fortuna Waterfall
Map of La Fortuna & Monteverde - 6 Days
La Fortuna & Monteverde - 6 Days

This 6-day trip is ideal for travelers looking to unwind yet still experience the natural wonders of the country. You'll learn to prepare traditional Costa Rican cuisine and visit a coffee plantation near Arenal, and have the chance to spot monkeys and other wildlife during a night walk in Monteverde. Spend your last full day ziplining and exploring the cloud forest by day, before heading back to San Jose for your flight home.

Volcan Arenal
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Monteverde & Samara - 5 Days

This fun, five-day Costa Rica itinerary takes in many of the country's natural highlights, from wildlife reserves to beautiful beaches. Enjoy a combination of outdoor activity and relaxation, structured and free time, to ensure your quick trip to Monteverde and Samara is just what you want it to be. As this is a self-driving tour you can go at your own pace.

A panoramic view of Lake Arenal
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Arenal Volcano & Monteverde Cloud Forest - 5 Days

Enjoy a quick and eventful five days exploring two of Costa Rica’s best-known attractions. Begin in La Fortuna, where you can take some time to explore the village and dine in town. Then, discover Arenal Volcano on a nature hike, and soak in the natural hot springs. Next, float along scenic Lake Arenal to Monteverde. Mingle with the locals and then hike through the biodiverse Cloud Forest Reserve, which is home to many species of plants and animals—including plenty of exotic birdlife. Integrate this quick trip into other travel plans, or arrive and depart from San José, depending on your preference.

Manuel Antonio
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Explore Costa Rica: Monteverde & Manuel Antonio - 7 Days

With abundant wildlife, a nocturnal nature tour, a visit to the jungle in Manuel Antonio National Park, and time to relax on the beach, this trip captures the essence of Costa Rica's motto: Pura Vida! Starting in San José, you'll travel first to the Monteverde Cloud Forest, where you'll encounter Costa Rica's famed biodiversity. Continue on to Manuel Antonio National Park, where the forest meets the sea, for activities including a sunset catamaran cruise.

Arenal
Map of Discover Costa Rica: Arenal & Monteverde - 7 Days
Discover Costa Rica: Arenal & Monteverde - 7 Days

Tour two of Costa Rica’s prized gems on this weeklong adventure. Begin in La Fortuna and embark on a floating safari, followed by a cultural experience day covering food, the arts, and education. Next, enjoy the rush of the hanging bridges and hike around Arenal Volcano, visit La Fortuna Waterfall and soak in the local hot springs. Then take a boat over to Monteverde to visit the Cloud Forest Reserve and join a local coffee tour to learn all about the crucial crop. The trip winds down back in San José to enjoy the sights of the capital city.

Explore La Fortuna and Monteverde
Map of Arenal/La Fortuna, & Monteverde: Best Itinerary Ideas
Arenal/La Fortuna, & Monteverde: Best Itinerary Ideas

Travelers to Costa Rica typically plan a trip for 8 to 10 days when combining both Arenal/La Fortuna and Monteverde with Manuel Antonio. If you're not interested in Manuel Antonio, 6 to 7 days is enough for your Arenal/La Fortuna and Monteverde trip. With less time, it's still possible to see the highlights in as few as 4 or 5 days. For the best itineraries including Arenal/La Fortuna and Monteverde, keep reading below.

Beaches at Manuel Antonio
Map of Manuel Antonio & Monteverde: Best Itinerary Ideas
Manuel Antonio & Monteverde: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most people visiting both Manuel Antonio and Monteverde spend about 8 to 10 days in Costa Rica, which usually includes some time in Arenal/La Fortuna as well. For travelers wanting to visit Manuel Antonio and Monteverde exclusively, plan on 6 to 7 days for a well-paced trip. With less time, it's still possible to see the highlights in as few as 5 days. Check out our favorite Manuel Antonio and Monteverde trips below.

Arenal Volcano
Map of Volcanoes & Cloud Forests at Arenal & Monteverde - 8 Days
Volcanoes & Cloud Forests at Arenal & Monteverde - 8 Days

This 7-day trip is ideal for travelers looking to unwind yet still experience the natural wonders of the Arenal region. You'll mountain bike around the famous volcano, visit a working coffee farm, and go for a dip in the area's famous hot springs. You'll also have the chance to spot monkeys and other wildlife during a guided tour of the cloud forests in the Monteverde region. You can also visit beautiful gardens abounding with colorful orchids and exotic butterflies.

Costa Rica's dramatic Western coastline
Map of Discover Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio, Monteverde, and Tamarindo - 12 Days
Discover Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio, Monteverde, and Tamarindo - 12 Days

Costa Rica prioritizes the protection of its abundant (and delicate) biodiversity, and national parks and reserves make up nearly a quarter of the country's land. This makes it a fabulous spot for travelers keen on experiencing outdoor activities and spotting wildlife. This immersive 12-day trip includes a guided nature hike in coastal Manuel Antonio National Park, birdwatching and zip-lining in the Monteverde Could Forest Reserve, and aquatic fun in the estuaries of Tamarindo.

Explore the cloud forest in Monteverde
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Costa Rica Adventure & Wildlife Tour - 10 Days

Spend 10 days getting to know the diverse wildlife of Costa Rica's rainforests, with plenty of adrenaline-pumping activities, too. You'll zip-line through the rainforest, hike to waterfalls, and mountain bike on a volcano, with opportunities for kayaking and relaxing in hot springs.

Hiking trail in Manuel Antonio National Park
Map of Monteverde Cloud Forest & Manuel Antonio National Park - 6 days
Monteverde Cloud Forest & Manuel Antonio National Park - 6 days

Perfect for nature lovers and first-time travelers to Costa Rica, this fast-paced itinerary takes you to two of the country's most beloved national parks. With the diverse wildlife of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and the jungle-lined white sand beaches of Manuel Antonio, you'll get to the essence of the Costa Rican motto: Pura Vida!

Costa Rica's Arenal Volcano.
Map of Best of Costa Rica: Arenal, Monteverde & Manuel Antonio - 8 Days
Best of Costa Rica: Arenal, Monteverde & Manuel Antonio - 8 Days

This 8-day trip is ideal for travelers looking to experience Costa Rica's highlights. Go for a dip in Arenal's hot springs and spot monkeys and other wildlife on hikes around the famous volcano. Continue to Monteverde, where you'll discover the remarkable flora and fauna of the cloud forest. Finally, spend a few days in Manuel Antonio National Park, kayaking through turquoise waters and relaxing on pristine white sand beaches.

Three-toed sloth
Combining Arenal/La Fortuna, Manuel Antonio, and Monteverde - Recommended Itineraries from 8 to 14 Days

A trip to Costa Rica that includes Arenal, Manuel Antonio, and Monteverde takes around 8 to 10 days. If you don't have that much time it's possible to see the highlights in 6 or 7 days, but your trip will feel quite fast-paced. If you have more time, or want to pack more places into your trip, you can add Tortuguero, Tamarindo, or Puerto Viejo to your itinerary. Read on for the best itineraries to explore Arenal, Manual Antonio and Monteverde.

Arenal Volcano
Map of Costa Rica Outdoor Exploration: Monteverde, Arenal, Tortuguero - 9 Days
Costa Rica Outdoor Exploration: Monteverde, Arenal, Tortuguero - 9 Days

This is a special trip for nature lovers to satisfy the adventurer's soul. You will visit the most prominent places in Costa Rica and enjoy beautiful landscapes while experiencing the great variety of flora and fauna of this little paradise. A lot of outdoor adventure awaits you, combining exciting jungle exploration, interesting volcano hikes, boat safari with animal sightings, and beach leisure.

Rafting on the Pacuare River
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Active Week in Costa Rica: Pacuare River Rafting, Arenal, & Monteverde - 7 Days

Spend an active week discovering some of the natural highlights of Costa Rica. Explore the capital city, and then launch into an adrenaline-pumping rafting excursion along the Pacuare River. Next, explore Arenal Volcano on a nature walk, followed by a hot spring soak. Then, head to Monteverde to tour the incredible cloud forest on horseback and zipline through the canopy. Enjoy more time strolling historical San José before departure.

Costa Rica's famous Arenal Volcano
Map of Diverse Costa Rica: Arenal, Monteverde & Tamarindo - 7 Days
Diverse Costa Rica: Arenal, Monteverde & Tamarindo - 7 Days

Combine lush rainforests and Pacific beaches on this relaxed, weeklong road-trip through Costa Rica. Starting in the vibrant capital of San José, you'll set out for the volcanic landscapes of Arenal, where scenic hikes and natural hot springs beckon. Continue to the rare cloud forests of Monteverde to zip-line through the canopy and discover nocturnal wildlife on an evening jungle tour. End your trip on the coast, where you can surf, snorkel, and relax on the tropical white sands of Tamarindo.

Arenal Volcano
Map of Weeklong Adventure in Costa Rica: Arenal Volcano & Monteverde Cloud Forest - 7 Days
Weeklong Adventure in Costa Rica: Arenal Volcano & Monteverde Cloud Forest - 7 Days

On this weeklong trip, enjoy two stunning destinations in Costa Rica. From the capital, stop for a rafting trip on the Pacuare River, before reaching La Fortuna. Then, explore Arenal Volcano on a nature hike, along with a soak in the hot springs. Next, take a Jeep-Boat-Jeep to Monteverde to discover the hanging bridges, and go ziplining and horseback riding through the forest canopy. Circle back to San José to explore more of the city before departure.

Arenal Volcano in the Sunset
Map of Costa Rica's Volcanoes, Cloud Forests & Golden Coast - 14 Days
Costa Rica's Volcanoes, Cloud Forests & Golden Coast - 14 Days

Explore some of Costa Rica's most classic settings on this adventure trip, from active volcanoes to the rainforest to its gorgeous Pacific beaches. You'll see volcanic fumaroles in Rincon de la Vieja, visit hot springs and cross hanging bridges in Arenal, encounter tons of tropical wildlife in Monteverde, and unwind on the beaches of the Gulf of Papagayo. Get ready to go hiking, whitewater rafting, zip-lining, and more on this thrilling tour of Costa Rica's northwest.

End the trip with a drive to the Pacific coast for some beach time
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Highlights of Costa Rica: Arenal, Monteverde, & Playa Sámara - 10 Days

Costa Rica offers an array of adventures, from city to cloud forest to sea. This ten-day itinerary includes hiking near an active volcano, some of the world’s best bird-watching, and snorkeling with sea turtles. Travelers will get to know the culture of local villages as well as that of San José, Costa Rica’s dynamic capital.

Costa Rica Self-Drive Adventure - 8 Days
Map of Costa Rica Self-Drive Adventure - 8 Days
Costa Rica Self-Drive Adventure - 8 Days

This itinerary is perfect for those who want a vacation filled with tropical beauty and adventure. Take a self-drive tour of Costa Rica that begins in the cloud forests of Monteverde, where you can hike over suspension bridges and zip-line over the forest canopy. Then it's off to Arenal Volcano National Park—your days here will be spent trekking around the base of the volcano, soaking in natural hot springs, and embarking on waterfall hikes.

Baby squirrel monkey and mother
Map of Volcanoes and Pacific Beaches For Families - 8 Days
Volcanoes and Pacific Beaches For Families - 8 Days

Costa Rica is an ideal destination for families and this itinerary ensures you'll experience the best the country has to offer. On your 8-day adventure, you'll explore the towering Arenal Volcano, visit the beaches of Guanacaste, and have time to relax in volcanic hot springs. There are plenty of kid-friendly activities along the way, from waterfall hikes to crossing suspension bridges above the trees.

Playa Santa Teresa
Map of Explore Costa Rica: Monteverde Cloud Forest & Pacific Coast - 8 Days
Explore Costa Rica: Monteverde Cloud Forest & Pacific Coast - 8 Days

On this eight-day journey through the Costa Rican outdoors, you’ll discover the biodiverse native flora and fauna of Monteverde, along with the stunning beaches of Santa Teresa. From ziplining through the forest canopies to surfing at world-renowned beaches, your outdoor adventure awaits.

Red-eyed tree frog
Map of Costa Rica Natural Adventure: Arenal, Monteverde & Sámara - 8 Days
Costa Rica Natural Adventure: Arenal, Monteverde & Sámara - 8 Days

As one of the most eco-friendly countries in the world, Costa Rica makes an effort to protect its natural resources and biodiversity. Travelers on this trip will be able to enjoy the many facets of this beautiful country. You will hike up the Arenal volcano, relax in natural hot springs, zip-line through the forest, and snorkel the pacific. You will also do a behind-the-scenes tasting tour of a coffee and chocolate farm, which will stimulate all your senses.

Storm clouds over Arenal volcano
Map of Best of Costa Rica in 7 Days: Explore Jungles, Volcanoes and Beaches
Best of Costa Rica in 7 Days: Explore Jungles, Volcanoes and Beaches

With a mix of rugged jungles, active volcanoes and world-class beaches, Costa Rica offers some of the best natural sights and experiences in the world, all conveniently packed into one territory. Almost a quarter of the land is preserved within national parks, allowing a wide range of animals and plants to flourish, making Costa Rica an ideal destination for ecotourism. With this itinerary, you'll discover the best attractions Costa Rica has to offer in just a week.

Monteverde Cloud Forest
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Classic Costa Rica: 7-Day Self-Drive Tour

Taking a road trip through Costa Rica gives you the freedom and flexibility to explore where you want. You'll pass through stunning natural scenery — from lush cloud forests to picturesque beaches — in seven days of scenic driving. This tour can be extended or shortened depending on how much time you have.

End the trip with a drive to the Pacific coast for some beach time
Map of Highlights of Costa Rica: Arenal, Monteverde, & Manuel Antonio - 9 Days
Highlights of Costa Rica: Arenal, Monteverde, & Manuel Antonio - 9 Days

The jewel of Central America, Costa Rica offers an array of adventures, from city to cloud forest to sea. This weeklong itinerary includes trekking near an active volcano, some of the world’s best bird-watching, and snorkeling with sea turtles. It's a trip that encompasses the country’s most spectacular and varied landscapes, plus an opportunity to savor the culture of local villages as well as that of San José, Costa Rica’s dynamic capital city.

End the trip with a visit to the Pacific coast for some beach time
Map of Costa Rica Highlights: Arenal, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio - 9 Days
Costa Rica Highlights: Arenal, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio - 9 Days

The jewel of Central America, Costa Rica offers everything—cities, beaches, and many unique ecosystems to explore. This itinerary encompasses the country’s most spectacular landscapes, plus an opportunity to savor the culture of local villages and capital city. Hike near a volcano, experience world-class bird-watching, snorkel with sea turtles, and more.

Costa Rica's dramatic Western coastline
Map of Discover Costa Rica's Nature and Beaches - 9 Days
Discover Costa Rica's Nature and Beaches - 9 Days

Some 25% of the total area of Costa Rica is protected. You'll see evidence of this in the country's many national parks and reserves—the goal being to ensure that Costa Rica's natural wonders and delicate eco-systems remain viable for years to come. This is great for visitors such as yourself, who can luxuriate in Costa Rica's natural beauty on this immersive 9-day itinerary.

Cloud forest canopy in Monteverde
Map of Volcanoes, Cloud Forests, and the Pacific Coast - 13 Days
Volcanoes, Cloud Forests, and the Pacific Coast - 13 Days

This 13-day itinerary is perfect for travelers who like to combine their mountain adventures with a bit of a beach holiday. After arriving at the airport in Liberia, you'll head to Rincón de la Vieja to explore the nature surrounding one of the country's most active volcanoes. Then travel deeper inland to spend a few days crossing suspension bridges, zip-lining over trees, and hiking through the jungles of La Fortuna and the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. You'll end your trip by returning to Guanacaste for some relaxation on the beaches of Papagayo.

Beach in Drakes Bay on the Osa Peninsula
Map of Active Wildlife Adventure in Costa Rica - 9 days
Active Wildlife Adventure in Costa Rica - 9 days

This active 9-day itinerary is designed to appeal to nature lovers and adventure fiends of every stripe. It starts on the southern Pacific coast, in the remote, wild Corcovado National Park. Here you'll enjoy rugged hikes abounding with wildlife-spotting opportunities. Then it's off to the north where you'll explore the misty cloud forests of Monteverde and fly over the forest canopy on a zip-line tour.  After a visit to the famed Arenal Volcano, it's time for another hike, this time to the Hule Lagoon, an ancient crater lake like something out of Conan Doyle's "Lost World."

Monteverde Cloud Forest
Map of Costa Rican Outdoor Adventure: Arenal, Monteverde, & Samara Beach - 9 Days
Costa Rican Outdoor Adventure: Arenal, Monteverde, & Samara Beach - 9 Days

Enjoy a few of the best outdoor highlights of Costa Rica on this nine-day adventure. Do some sightseeing in the capital city, then conquer the rapids on a rafting trip down the Pacuare River. Next, go canyoning, head out on a nature walk, and soak in the hot springs around Arenal Volcano. Then, explore the cloud forest of Monteverde on horseback and go ziplining through the canopy. The trip concludes with some surfing, snorkeling, and relaxation on Samara Beach, before returning to San José.

Red-Eyed Tree Frog
Map of Costa Rica National Parks Adventure - 14 Days
Costa Rica National Parks Adventure - 14 Days

A whopping 25% of Costa Rica's total area is protected. This is a conscious effort to preserve the nation's abundant natural treasures in the form of various national parks. To this end, we've created a dream itinerary for intrepid nature lovers that includes the four best parks in the country. So clear two weeks off your calendar—it's time to experience Costa Rica to the fullest extent.

Coast of Corcovado National Park
Map of Costa Rica Self-Drive Adventure - 14 Days
Costa Rica Self-Drive Adventure - 14 Days

This road trip itinerary is a truly off-the-beaten-path nature excursion. Head to the remote beaches and rainforest of the Osa Peninsula before a scenic drive up the Pacific coast. You'll experience white-sand beaches in Manuel Antonio National Park, along with the cloud forest ecosystem of Monteverde where you'll hike over the jungle canopy via suspension bridges. Finally, you'll pay a visit to Arenal, an active volcano and one of Costa Rica's most famous landmarks.

Sunset on the beach
Map of Classic Costa Rica Self-Drive Adventure - 14 Days
Classic Costa Rica Self-Drive Adventure - 14 Days

This self-guided road trip is ideal for those who love nature, beaches, and adventure activities. It covers all of Costa Rica's highlights, starting at the famous Arenal Volcano. From there, on to the Gulf of Papagayo on the northern Pacific coast. It's the perfect spot to snorkel and take a sunset sailing cruise. Then, you'll venture into the misty cloud forests of Monteverde—spot rare birds, partake in a zip-line canopy tour, and embark on a nocturnal wildlife excursion. End your trip with hiking and beach time in Manuel Antonio National Park.

The Guanacaste region on the Pacific Coast is known for its arid landscape and beautiful beaches
Map of Coast to Coast Adventure: Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde, & Guanacaste - 14 Days
Coast to Coast Adventure: Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde, & Guanacaste - 14 Days

Experience the country from both coasts on this two-week trip. You'll visit San José, Tortuguero National Park, the towering Arenal Volcano, Monteverde's cloud forest, and the remote beaches of Guanacaste. There will be plenty of activities to choose from along the way: watch sea turtles hatch on a Caribbean beach, sample locally produced chocolate, and take a surf lesson in the glittering Pacific.

Playa Tambor on the Nicoya Peninsula
Map of River, Jungle, and Beach Adventure  - 14 Days
River, Jungle, and Beach Adventure - 14 Days

This two-week itinerary is perfect for eco-minded travelers thirsting for a comprehensive Costa Rican adventure. Kick off the journey in metropolitan San José before braving the whitewater rapids of jungle rivers, hiking the base of Costa Rica's most famous volcano, exploring rare cloud-forest eco-systems, and learning to surf (or polish your skills) and Pacific beaches. Enjoy spotting many of Costa Rica's wildlife species along the way.

The Guanacaste region on the Pacific Coast is known for its arid landscape and beautiful beaches
Map of Costa Rica's Whitewater, Jungle and Beach Adventure  - 14 Days
Costa Rica's Whitewater, Jungle and Beach Adventure - 14 Days

Experience Costa Rica's many ecosystems on this two-week trip. You'll visit San José, the towering Arenal Volcano, Monteverde's cloud forest, and the remote beaches of Gulf de Papagayo. There will be plenty of activities to choose from along the way: raft on the world-class rapids of Río Pacuare, sample locally produced chocolate, and take a surf lesson in the glittering Pacific.

Volcanoes, Cloud Forests, and the Pacific Coast - 10 Days
Map of Volcanoes, Cloud Forests, and the Pacific Coast - 10 Days
Volcanoes, Cloud Forests, and the Pacific Coast - 10 Days

This 10-day itinerary combines mountain adventures with a bit of a beach holiday. Spend two days in Rincón de la Vieja exploring the area around one of the country's most active volcanoes. Then travel deeper inland to cross suspension bridges in the jungle, zip-line over trees, and enjoy guided hikes in La Fortuna and the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. You'll end your trip by returning to Guanacaste for relaxation on the beaches of Papagayo.

Palm-fringed coastline at Manuel Antonio National Park
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Ultimate Costa Rica Honeymoon - 10 Days

This romantic itinerary is ideal for adventurous couples with more than a week to spend. Together, you'll bask in Costa Rica's biodiversity, take a whitewater rafting trip down the Río Pacuare, and go on multiple day hikes. Relax on Pacific beaches, soak in natural hot springs, and check into some of the country's best luxury resorts throughout your memorable stay.

View of Costa Rica's Arenal Volcano.
Map of Best of Costa Rica: Arenal, Monteverde & Manuel Antonio - 10 Days
Best of Costa Rica: Arenal, Monteverde & Manuel Antonio - 10 Days

This 10-day itinerary showcases three of Costa Rica's most popular destinations: Arenal, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio. In Arenal, you'll paddleboard past the volcano on the lake, traverse tropical forests on suspension bridges, and soak in the region's hot springs. Monteverde offers the chance to spot monkeys, birds, and more of the country's wildlife as you zip-line through the Cloud Forest Reserve, while Manuel Antonio provides downtime at the beach, where days end with spectacular Pacific Coast sunsets.

Wild beach in Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula
Map of Costa Rica Self Drive Adventure - 15 Days
Costa Rica Self Drive Adventure - 15 Days

This itinerary is designed for those who want a classic tropical excursion into Costa Rica's rainforests. Start with the remote Osa Peninsula, where you'll visit beaches and hike through the rainforest. Then, drive north along the Pacific coast to the white-sand beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park before heading northwest into the Monteverde region. Finally, pay a visit to Arenal, an active volcano and one of Costa Rica's most famous landmarks.

Toucans can often be spotted among the treetops in Tortuguero National Park
Map of Costa Rica: Ultimate National Parks Tour - 15 Days
Costa Rica: Ultimate National Parks Tour - 15 Days

Experience Costa Rica's most spectacular national parks on this 15-day tour. You'll catch glimpses of sea turtles and monkeys in Tortuguero National Park and spot hundreds of bird species in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Then it's time to head to the countries largest and most famous volcano, Arenal, for a mix of wildlife and heart pumping excursions. Finally, you'll end the trip in  Manuel Antonio, where you'll snorkel among colorful fish and traverse jungle trails.

Snorkel among coral reefs in the Pacific
Map of Costa Rica Coastal Family Adventure - 15 Days
Costa Rica Coastal Family Adventure - 15 Days

This 15-day adventure allows you to experience the country from both coasts and is designed from start to finish with kids in mind. You'll visit the bustling capital of San José, the rainforest of Tortuguero National Park, the towering Arenal Volcano, the cloud forest of Monteverde and the spectacular beaches of Guanacaste. There are plenty of family-friendly activities along the way, from watching sea turtles hatch on a Caribbean beach to sampling locally produced chocolate to snorkeling in the Pacific.

Sunset on the beach
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Costa Rica Highlights: Self-Drive Adventure - 11 Days

This self-guided road trip is ideal for those who love adventure. Visit Costa Rica's highlights, from the famous Arenal Volcano to the misty cloud forests of Monteverde and powdery beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park. Along the way, you'll fly over the treetops on a zip line tour, swim in waterfall lagoons, and spot wildlife on nature walks and snorkeling excursions.

Arenal Volcano in the Sunset
Map of Arenal, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio Self-Drive - 11 Days
Arenal, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio Self-Drive - 11 Days

This itinerary combines mountain excursions with a bit of a beach holiday and some aquatic adventure. You'll arrive in Liberia, the hub of Costa Rica's Guanacaste Province. From there, drive to Arenal Volcano National Park, where you'll hike to a waterfall, relax in natural hot springs, and raft world-class whitewater. Then it's west to the Monteverde to see the cloud forest canopy via suspension bridges and a zip-line tour. A drive south will take you to Manuel Antonio, a unique destination with a combination of the beach, jungle and national park. After a couple days enjoying the beach and wildlife in Manuel Antonio, you'll return to San Jose for your journey home.

Coast-to-Coast Family Adventure - 11 Days
Map of Coast-to-Coast Family Adventure - 11 Days
Coast-to-Coast Family Adventure - 11 Days

Experience the best Costa Rica has to offer on this family-friendly 11-day adventure. You'll watch sea turtles on the Caribbean beaches of Tortuguero National Park, hike around Arenal Volcano, zip-line through the cloud forest of Monteverde, and finally relax on the remote, Pacific beaches of Guanacaste. Along the way, you'll make your own hot chocolate and coffee from bean to cup, swim under a waterfall—and maybe even catch a wave.

A baby white-faced capuchin in Corcovado National Park
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Family Adventure: Jungles, Beaches, and Volcanoes - 16 Days

This itinerary is designed for families who want a nature excursion with plenty of adventure mixed in. Your first adventurous destination is the remote Osa Peninsula, where you'll indulge in beaches and rainforest hikes. From here, you'll head inland to pay a visit to Arenal Volcano and the Monteverde Cloud Forest, where you'll hike among the treetops via suspension bridges and enjoy even more natural wonders. Finally, make your way to The Gulf of Papagayo to spend three days relaxing on pristine beaches.

Volcanoes, Cloud Forests, and the Pacific Coast - 11 Days
Map of Volcanoes, Cloud Forests, and the Pacific Coast - 11 Days
Volcanoes, Cloud Forests, and the Pacific Coast - 11 Days

This 11-day itinerary is perfect for travelers who like to combine their mountain adventures with a bit of a beach holiday. You'll arrive in Liberia, the hub of Costa Rica's Guanacaste Province. From the airport, you'll head to Rincón de la Vieja and spend two days exploring the nature surrounding one of the country's most active volcanoes. Then travel deeper inland to spend a few days crossing suspension bridges, zip-lining over trees, and hiking through the jungles of La Fortuna and the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. You'll end your trip in Manuel Antonio National Park. More than just stunning white-sand beaches, Manuel Antonio is rich in biodiversity and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Manuel Antonio National Park has nearby surf spots for all levels and ages
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Coast to Coast Family Adventure - 16 Days

Costa Rica is a favorite destination for all ages. This 16-day adventure allows your family to experience the country from both coasts and includes a visit to the bustling capital of San José, the lush rainforest of Tortuguero National Park, the towering Arenal Volcano, the cloud forest of Monteverde and the spectacular, white sand beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park. There are plenty of kid-friendly activities along the way, from watching sea turtles hatch on a Caribbean beach to sampling locally produced chocolate to whitewater rafting.

Beach in Drake Bay on the Osa Peninsula
Map of Costa Rica Wildlife Adventure - 11 days
Costa Rica Wildlife Adventure - 11 days

This active 11-day itinerary is designed to appeal to nature lovers and adventure fiends of every stripe. It starts on the southern Pacific coast, in the remote, Corcovado National Park. Here you'll enjoy rugged hikes abounding with wildlife-spotting opportunities. Then it's off to the north where you'll explore the misty cloud forests of Monteverde and fly over the forest canopy.  After a visit to the famed Arenal Volcano, it's time for another hike, this time to the Hule Lagoon, an ancient crater lake like something out of Conan Doyle's "Lost World." Enjoy waterfall rappelling before ending your Costa Rican adventure with a wild rafting trip down the Pacuare River.

Arenal Volcano
Map of Costa Rica Great Outdoors: Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde, & More - 11 Days
Costa Rica Great Outdoors: Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde, & More - 11 Days

This 11-day trip starts with La Fortuna—home of Arenal Volcano National Park—where you'll zipline, whitewater raft, and soak in the local hot springs. In Monteverde, walk suspension bridges atop the cloud forest canopy and enjoy a coffee and chocolate tour. Then, you’ll reach Uvita, where you can give in to scenic, beachside relaxation, and visit an animal sanctuary, before ending the trip in San José.

Explore Monteverde's cloud forests from above
Map of Costa Rica Self-Drive Adventure: Monteverde, Tamarindo & Arenal - 10 Days
Costa Rica Self-Drive Adventure: Monteverde, Tamarindo & Arenal - 10 Days

This 10-day self-drive itinerary takes you off the beaten path to discover Costa Rica's highlights at your own pace. After an evening in San José, embark from the capital and drive north to explore the cloud forests of Monteverde by zip-line. Journey west to the Pacific coast and the surf village of Tamarindo for sea kayaking and wildlife spotting, then make your way inland to La Fortuna. Here you'll explore the lush landscapes of Arenal Volcano National Park, hike the brilliant blue Río Celeste, and visit a working coffee plantation.

Beach on the Pacific Coast at Sunset
Map of Costa Rica Arenal, Monteverde & Pacific Coast Self-Drive Tour - 12 Days
Costa Rica Arenal, Monteverde & Pacific Coast Self-Drive Tour - 12 Days

Explore the highlights of Costa Rica, from volcanos and jungles to beach and surfing in one self-drive vacation. Arrive in Liberia and head to Tenorio National Park, where you'll hike along the electric blue waters of the Río Celeste. Next up is Arenal Volcano National Park, a hotbed of adventure activities. After a waterfall trek and whitewater rafting excursion, drive to Monteverde for a zip-line tour of the cloud forest canopy and a guided wildlife night hike. Finally, it's off to the beaches of Sámara and Tamarindo on the Nicoya Peninsula for surfing and relaxation.

Cahuita National Park, Costa Rica
Map of Wildlife, Rainforest & Beach Adventure - 12 Days
Wildlife, Rainforest & Beach Adventure - 12 Days

Go from coast to coast as you encounter wildlife, swim under jungle waterfalls, and unwind on magnificent beaches on this well-rounded Costa Rican adventure. You'll start in the rugged Osa Peninsula on the remote southwestern coast, where you'll find untouched shores and a plethora of tropical animals. Then explore the rainforests of Monteverde and Arenal before embarking on a two-day whitewater rafting trip down the famous Pacuare River. End your unforgettable stay in the Caribbean town of Puerto Viejo, where you'll snorkel, surf, and enjoy the pura vida.

Costa Rica Volcanoes & Pacific Coast Adventure - 12 Days
Map of Costa Rica Volcanoes & Pacific Coast Adventure - 12 Days
Costa Rica Volcanoes & Pacific Coast Adventure - 12 Days

Combine a beach holiday and jungle adventure in one self-drive vacation. Arrive in Liberia and head to Tenorio National Park, where you'll hike along the electric blue waters of the Río Celeste. Next up is Arenal Volcano National Park, a hotbed of adventure activities. After a waterfall trek and whitewater rafting excursion, drive to Monteverde for a zip-line tour of the cloud forest canopy and a guided wildlife night hike. Finally, it's off to the beaches of Sámara and Tamarindo on the Nicoya Peninsula for surfing and relaxation.

View from under the palm trees in Manuel Antonio National Park
Map of Costa Rica's Relaxation and Wildlife Tour - 12 Days
Costa Rica's Relaxation and Wildlife Tour - 12 Days

Costa Rica is a nation as biodiverse as it is beautiful and the best way to experience all this nature and beauty is by touring the country's many national parks, reserves, and protected areas. Also, no trip to Costa Rica is complete without visiting the famous Pacific coast. This nearly two-week itinerary delivers both these highlights with plenty of time to kick back, relax, and enjoy the Costa Rican way of living "Pura Vida!"

Arenal Volcano
Map of Costa Rica Adventure Tour - 12 days
Costa Rica Adventure Tour - 12 days

This high-octane trip is designed to get your adrenaline pumping as you take on some of the best adventure activities Costa Rica has to offer. You'll see the country's rainforests, volcanoes, and beaches, and encounter tropical wildlife as you take part in a variety of thrilling activities. From whitewater rafting through the rainforest to biking around a volcano to zip-lining down a mountain, this exhilarating itinerary is sure to make for an unforgettable experience.

Howler monkey in a Costa Rica rainforest.
Map of Highlights of Costa Rica Wildlife - 12 Days
Highlights of Costa Rica Wildlife - 12 Days

This itinerary is specifically tuned for wildlife lovers. Expect to get up early and stay out late to see monkeys, lizards, birds, insects and other spectacular fauna that inhabit the virgin rainforest, cloud forest and swampy estuaries covered here. The trip begins with a southwest journey from San José to Parque Nacional Corcovado (Corcovado National Park) before continuing northwest along the Pacific coast. Next head inland to Monteverde for birdwatching and spotting wildlife in the unique eco-system of the cloud forest.

Pacific coastline on the Nicoya Peninsula
Map of Costa Rica Self-Drive Vacation - 13 Days
Costa Rica Self-Drive Vacation - 13 Days

This self-guided road trip is ideal for those who love nature. You will visit the highlights of the country, from the infamous Arenal volcano to the misty cloud forest, to the beautiful beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula.  Along the way, you will zip through trees on zip lines, swim in waterfalls, and also have a chance to spot the wildlife (from monkeys to the resplendent quetzel) on naturalist lead walks.

Scenic canyon along the Pacuare River
Map of Multi-Sport Adventure: from Jungles to Beaches - 13 days
Multi-Sport Adventure: from Jungles to Beaches - 13 days

This 13-day itinerary allows you to experience the full scope of Costa Rica's wonders. In almost two weeks you'll visit the capital of San José, the tropical jungles at Pacuare, the iconic Arenal volcano, the cloud forests of Monteverde, and many wide and inviting beaches, from the north of the country to the south. There are plenty of activities along the way, from white water rafting to soaring over the cloud forest canopy on a zip-line tour.

Turtle hatchling on the beach in Tortuguero
Map of Coast to Coast Adventure For Families - 13 Days
Coast to Coast Adventure For Families - 13 Days

This 13-day adventure allows you to experience the country from both coasts. It includes a visit to the bustling capital of San José, the lush rainforest of Tortuguero National Park, the towering Arenal Volcano, the cloud forest of Monteverde and the spectacular, remote beaches of Guanacaste. There are plenty of kid-friendly activities along the way, from watching sea turtles hatch on a Caribbean beach to sampling locally produced chocolate to surf lessons in the Pacific.

Manuel Antonio National Park
Map of Coastal Costa Rica: Tortuguero, Puerto Viejo, Arenal, Monteverde, & Manuel Antonio - 13 Days
Coastal Costa Rica: Tortuguero, Puerto Viejo, Arenal, Monteverde, & Manuel Antonio - 13 Days

This jam-packed tour of Costa Rica’s highlights takes you from the Caribbean to the Pacific. Begin with a boat tour of Tortuguero before two days o f relaxation on Puerto Viejo Beach. Conquer the rapids on the Pacuare River en route to adventure-filled Arenal. Then, head to Monteverde, where you'll zipline through the rare cloud forest, followed by a cultural tour of local plantations. The trip winds down in Manuel Antonio, with its gorgeous beaches and adundant wildlife.

Sunset over Arenal Volcano
Map of Active Costa Rica Adventure: Arenal, Monteverde, & Playa Hermosa - 7 Days
Active Costa Rica Adventure: Arenal, Monteverde, & Playa Hermosa - 7 Days

Embark on an active, weeklong adventure to three different regions of Costa Rica. The journey begins in La Fortuna—home to Arenal Volcano—where you can cross the hanging bridges, discover a beautiful waterfall, and soak in the natural hot springs. Then, head to Montverde to explore the Cloud Forest Reserve, along with an adrenaline-pumping excursion to Sky Adventures Monteverde Park. Next, spend some time lazing on Guanacaste's stunning Playa Hermosa. With some free time, soak up the sun, go kayaking, and board a sunset catamaran, before departing out of Liberia.

Cahuita National Park, Costa Rica
Map of Wildlife, Rainforest & Beach Adventure - 14 Days
Wildlife, Rainforest & Beach Adventure - 14 Days

Go from coast to coast as you encounter wildlife, swim under jungle waterfalls, and unwind on magnificent beaches on this well-rounded Costa Rican adventure. You'll start in the rugged Osa Peninsula, where you'll find untouched shores and a plethora of tropical animals. Then explore the rainforests of Monteverde and Arenal before embarking on a two-day whitewater rafting trip down the famous Pacuare River. End your unforgettable stay in the Caribbean town of Puerto Viejo, where you'll snorkel, surf, and enjoy "pura vida".

Manuel Antonio Beach
Map of Costa Rica Nature Tour: Tortuguero, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, & Corcovado - 14 Days
Costa Rica Nature Tour: Tortuguero, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, & Corcovado - 14 Days

This two-week nature tour is all about Costa Rica's biodiverse national parks. Begin in Tortuguero, where, depending on the time of year, you can embark on a nighttime turtle nesting tour. In Monteverde, explore the cloud forests via the hanging bridges and ziplines. Manuel Antonio provides the best of both worlds—rainforest and beach scenery–while a tour of the famous Corcovado National Park is a bucket list field trip for nature enthusiasts.

Jacó
Map of Costa Rica Nature & Beach Adventure: Arenal, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, Uvita, & Jacó - 14 Days
Costa Rica Nature & Beach Adventure: Arenal, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, Uvita, & Jacó - 14 Days

On this 14-day tour, you’ll experience some of Costa Rica’s most iconic destinations. First, stroll the capital city of San José prior to adventuring through La Fortuna, from Arenal volcano to whitewater rafting. Next, zipline through the biodiverse cloud forests of Monteverde. Then, tour three of the country’s most iconic beaches—Manuel Antonio, Uvita, and Jacó—which will include equal-parts exploration and relaxation, topped off with beautiful nightly sunsets.

Beautiful Rio Celeste in Tenorio National Park
Map of Best of Costa Rica - 14 Days
Best of Costa Rica - 14 Days

This two-week itinerary includes many of Costa Rica's greatest hits. You'll venture into the country's most beautiful national parks and enjoy zip-lining adventures, nature hikes, beach excursions, and more. All the while you'll spot exotic animals as you traverse some of the most virgin rainforest landscapes in Central America.

Take a surfing lesson with a local guide and learn to tackle the local breaks
Map of Wild Costa Rica: Beaches, Rivers, and Rainforest - 16 days
Wild Costa Rica: Beaches, Rivers, and Rainforest - 16 days

Over an immersive 16 days, you’ll alternate between adventure and leisure in Costa Rica. Some days will be filled with culture in the capital of San José, others you'll spend white-water rafting, and others will involve zip-line excursions over the jungle canopy. If that's not enough, you'll also visit Costa Rica's largest active volcano and even make time for surf lessons.

The arid landscapes and stunning beaches of the Guanacaste Province
Map of Costa Rica Road Trip: Volcanoes, Cloud Forests & Pacific Beaches - 9 Days
Costa Rica Road Trip: Volcanoes, Cloud Forests & Pacific Beaches - 9 Days

This 9-day self-drive adventure covers three of Costa Rica's most distinct, exotic, and naturally beautiful regions: Arenal Volcano National Park, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, and the Guanacaste Province's Pacific coast. Set off from the capital of San José to explore the lush jungles and imposing volcanoes of Arenal, then make your way to the cloud forests of Monteverde for zip-lining and wildlife spotting. Head for the coast to end your trip on the spectacular beaches of the Guanacaste Province, where you can surf, snorkel, and go dolphin watching on a sunset catamaran cruise.

Manuel Antonio
Map of Costa Rica Honeymoon Adventure:  Arenal, Manuel Antonio, Monteverde, & Tamarindo - 15 Days
Costa Rica Honeymoon Adventure: Arenal, Manuel Antonio, Monteverde, & Tamarindo - 15 Days

Enjoy a 15-day honeymoon adventure that covers several of Costa Rica’s greatest outdoor destinations. Begin in the capital city for a welcome dinner, before heading to the Arenal region for river rafting, volcano hikes, scenic waterfalls, and more. Next, go snorkeling and kayaking in the ocean on the shores of beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park. Venture into the cloud forests of Monteverde to take suspension bridges and ziplines through the greenery, followed by downtime in Tamardino Beach to surf, sail, and relish magnificent sunsets.