16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Liberia
— 1 night
Drive
2
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive
4
Quepos
— 2 nights
Taxi
5
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
6
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
7
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Shuttle to Liberia, Fly to San Antonio

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Liberia

— 1 night

White City

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): stop by Souvenirs La gran Nicoya and then stop by Souvenir Ocarina. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of La Ermita La Agonia and then get impressive views of Rincon de La Vieja National Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Liberia online driving holiday planner.

San Antonio, USA to Liberia is an approximately 10-hour flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Liberia

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
On the 20th (Thu), wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then look for gifts at Diamante Boutique. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Tamarindo Beach, stop by Papaya Con Leche, and then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal.

Plan my day in Tamarindo using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Liberia to Tamarindo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park. On the next day, kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip builder.

Drive from Tamarindo to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Quepos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Quepos

— 2 nights
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainmaker Park, kick your exploration up a notch at Hacienda Baru Lodge, and then stop by Jaime Peligro Book & CD Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Quepos online day trip planner.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Quepos by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Quepos

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio tour itinerary planner.

Manuel Antonio is just a short distance from Quepos. You will leave for Monteverde on the 26th (Wed).

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. On the next day, take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde day trip planning site.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Adventure

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, push the limits with an extreme tour, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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.