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
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
6
San Jose
— 4 nights

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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.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, see Off-Road Tours, stroll around Parque Nahomi, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio itinerary planner.

Montreal, Canada to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Montreal to Manuel Antonio, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

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2
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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 (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. On the next day, look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, and finally meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Monteverde online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip itinerary site.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
4.8

3
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: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, and explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos attractions planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Must see
Tabacon Hot Springs
4.4

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero holiday planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Tours · Adventure
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National Park
Tortuguero National Park
4.4
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Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing
4.5

4
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Zipline (in Jaco) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Irazu Volcano National Park, stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Soledad.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose road trip website.

You can drive from Tortuguero to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Tortuguero in January, expect San Jose to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 21°C. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Zipline
Zipline
4.7
Volcano
Poas Volcano
4.1

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