16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
5
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
6
Monteverde
— 2 nights

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3
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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 Cartago (Jardin Botanico Lankester & Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles), Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum (in Orosi) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Irazu Volcano National Park, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Jose online travel planner.

Manchester, UK to San Jose is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to San Jose is minus 6 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in February, with highs in San Jose at 30°C and lows at 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

3
nights
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: Parasailing & Paragliding (in Dominical) and Jaco (Mirador de Jaco & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, walk around Parque Nahomi, and stop by Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio vacation planning tool.

Drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tortuguero tour itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In February, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Adventure · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
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: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, and learn something new at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos planning app.

Getting from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

2
nights
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 24th (Mon): get interesting insight from Tours, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates

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.
On the 26th (Wed), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. Keep things going the next day: stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, 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 more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

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