16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
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Tenorio Volcano National Park
— 1 night
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Montezuma
— 3 nights
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Santa Teresa
— 4 nights
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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.
Spend the 20th (Sun) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, stroll through Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, and enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

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.
On the 23rd (Wed), get interesting insight from Tours and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos online day trip planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tenorio Volcano National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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Tenorio Volcano National Park

On the 25th (Fri), explore the activities along Rio Celeste.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tenorio Volcano National Park day trip planning app.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tenorio Volcano National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Tenorio Volcano National Park can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tenorio Volcano National Park

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin de Orquideas San Bosco, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tenorio Volcano National Park to Monteverde takes 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Monteverde are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Montezuma.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

3
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Montezuma

With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Montezuma: Tortuga Island (in Puntarenas) and Playa Quesera (in Paquera). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve, stroll through Wild Sun Rescue Center, admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Montezuma tour planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Montezuma in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and ferry; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Montezuma

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

4
nights
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.
Santa Teresa is known for beaches, adventure, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa, get outside with Taboo Beach Club, get interesting insight from Costa Rican Tropical Tours, and stroll through Playa Carmen.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Santa Teresa attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Montezuma to Santa Teresa takes an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · 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.