16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
7
Vara Blanca
— 1 night

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Manuel Antonio

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers, Zipline, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, take the plunge with Skydive Costa Rica, stop by Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, and see Off-Road Tours.

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

Mexico City, Mexico to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

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Zipline
Zipline
4.7

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin de Orquideas San Bosco, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip builder tool.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure
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Zipline
4.2

2
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Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 6th (Wed), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then stroll through Tamarindo Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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Must see
Pura Aventura
4.8

4
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, get interesting insight from Tours, pick up some new knowledge with ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, and stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip app.

Getting from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Must see
Tabacon Hot Springs
4.4
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Canyoning / Rapelling Tour
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
4.7

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 12th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Tortuguero trip planning website.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
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National Park
Tortuguero National Park
4.4

2
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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 13th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarantulas Way, and then admire the sheer force of Cataratas Bribri Talamanca. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online road trip planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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National Park
Cahuita National Park
4.8

1
night
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
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 15th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Vara Blanca online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Vara Blanca in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 15th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks

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