16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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Playa Samara
— 3 nights
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Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights

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Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
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 18th (Sun): kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach and then stop by EK Art Jewelry. On the next day, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, then look for gifts at Lydia Beech Art Boutique, and finally stop by Papaya Con Leche.

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Richmond, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Richmond to Tamarindo is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Richmond in December, things will get much warmer in Tamarindo: highs are around 82°F and lows about 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Playa Conchal
Highlights from your plan
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Scuba & Snorkeling
Lydia Beech Art Boutique ©
Lydia Beech Art Boutique

3
nights
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nosara Refuge for Wildlife and Eskina Skate Parq. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playa Samara: Nosara (Playa Guiones, MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, &more). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at dondeJavitours, admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, and enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Playa Samara can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Nosara
Highlights from your plan
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
dondeJavitours ©
dondeJavitours
Playa Guiones ©
Playa Guiones

3
nights
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
On the 24th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Montezuma Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa, and then look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Montezuma Falls
Highlights from your plan
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls

1
night
Manuel Antonio

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): hunt for treasures at Farmers Fair (Ferias del Agricultor).

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip app.

You can ride a ferry from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trip

Farmers Fair (Ferias del Agricultor)
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa ©
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa
Farmers Fair (Ferias del Agricultor) ©
Farmers Fair (Ferias del Agricultor)

3
nights
Monteverde

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 28th (Wed): browse the exhibits of Arte Jaguar Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in December, and nighttime lows around 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

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, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and take in the views from Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos route maker app.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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