16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights

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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: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio, and browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online road trip planner.

Barcelona, Spain to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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.
On the 19th (Fri), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park, and then get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero trip planning site.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Adventure · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla, and then stroll through Tarantulas Way. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park

2
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.
On the 22nd (Mon), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio travel planner.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices, then 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 learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

Start your trip to Monteverde by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond

2
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 26th (Fri), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

2
nights
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
On the 28th (Sun), contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the verdant scenery at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ) and then take in the dramatic scenery at Los Chorros Waterfalls.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Poas Volcano National Park trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Tamarindo to Poas Volcano National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Los Chorros Waterfalls ©
Los Chorros Waterfalls
Orosi River Valley  ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ) ©

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