16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Playa Grande
— 2 nights
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
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Mal Pais
— 1 night
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Santa Teresa
— 1 night
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Montezuma
— 1 night
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, then examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Soledad, then walk around Parque La Sabana, and finally look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Jose trip planner.

Antigua, Guatemala to San Jose is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. June in San Jose sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

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Specialty Museum
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
4.4
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History Museum
Jade Museum
4.4

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Arenal Natura Ecological Park and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos visit planning site.

Take a shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Trails
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Hot Spring
Tabacon Hot Springs
4.4

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, and then look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde online trip maker.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Playa Grande.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure
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Must see
Zipline
4.2

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Playa Grande

Playa Grande ©
Playa Grande, also known as Salinas, is a beach community on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica just north of Tamarindo. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): look for gifts at Crystal Vibrations, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Potrero Beach and then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Playa Grande travel route website.

Drive from Monteverde to Playa Grande in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Playa Grande

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
4.8
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Adrenaline / Extreme Tour
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
4.9

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall, step aboard Kingfisher Sportfishing, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally kick back and relax at Samara Beach. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Playa Grande to Playa Samara takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mal Pais.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
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Beach
Samara Beach
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Spa
Spas
5.0

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Mal Pais

Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): wander the wide-open spaces of Sunrise Ranch and then trot along with Tokpela.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mal Pais vacation planner.

Getting from Playa Samara to Mal Pais by car takes about 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Mal Pais

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

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Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing
5.0

1
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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 26th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa tour itinerary planning tool.

Santa Teresa is just a stone's throw from Mal Pais. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Montezuma.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Spas
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Spa / Wellness
Spas & Wellness
4.9

1
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Montezuma

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Montezuma tour website.

Getting from Santa Teresa to Montezuma by car takes about an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Montezuma

Nature · Parks · Spas
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Waterfall
Montezuma Falls
4.5
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Spa / Wellness
Spas & Wellness
4.9

3
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio day trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Montezuma to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. On the 30th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Tours · Parks

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