16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
2
Playa Samara
— 3 nights
3
Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
4
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
5
Monteverde
— 3 nights
6
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach and then view the masterpieces at Lydia Beech Art Boutique. On your second day here, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana, then stop by Urban Eclectic Jewelry, and finally stop by Buena Nena.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo attractions planning app.

Richmond, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Richmond in December, with highs in Tamarindo at 82°F and lows at 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
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nosara Refuge for Wildlife and Belen Waterfall. Venture out of the city with trips to Nosara (Eskina Skate Parq, Playa Guiones, &more). It doesn't end there: stroll through dondeJavitours and kick back and relax at Samara Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Playa Samara trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. December in Playa Samara sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 82°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to 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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls. On your second day here, stroll through Playa Hermosa, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa, and then stop by Tica Surf Bikinis.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Santa Teresa attractions planning tool.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough 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.
On the 26th (Mon), hunt for treasures at Farmers Fair (Ferias del Agricultor).

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio online day trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. On the 27th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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.
On the 28th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then stop by Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde travel planning site.

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. In December in Monteverde, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 82°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car 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

2
nights
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, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, take a memorable tour with Tours, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can 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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