16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Gilles Raynaud

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San Jose
— 1 night
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Tortuguero
— 2 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
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Playa Carrillo
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 1 night
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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San Jose
— 1 night

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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.
On the 5th (Thu), explore the galleries of Galeria Namu.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose trip itinerary builder site.

Nantes, France to San Jose is an approximately 29-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Nantes to San Jose. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Nantes in March; daily highs in San Jose reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

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Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

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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.
On the 6th (Fri), learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip itinerary planner.

Getting from San Jose to Tortuguero by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. You will leave for Puerto Viejo de Talamanca on the 8th (Sun).

Things to do in Tortuguero

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

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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.
On the 8th (Sun), kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach and then take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip planning site.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online tour planner.

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 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Playa Carrillo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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

2
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Playa Carrillo

Playa Carrillo ©
Curving around a bay to form a perfect wineglass shape, the low-key destination of Playa Carrillo remains one of Costa Rica's hidden coastal gems.
On the 12th (Thu), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at La Selva Wildlife Refuge & Zoo, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Islita. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Jungle Butterfly Farm and then stroll through Playa Carrillo.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Playa Carrillo online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playa Carrillo by car takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Carrillo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Playa Carrillo ©
Playa Carrillo
Playa Islita ©
Playa Islita
Jungle Butterfly Farm ©
Jungle Butterfly Farm

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Monteverde

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 14th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, and then take in the exciting artwork at Alas y Raices.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde online trip builder.

Getting from Playa Carrillo to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
Alas y Raices ©
Alas y Raices

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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: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, and walk around Parque Nahomi.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio day trip website.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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San Jose

San Jose ©
To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Jose online itinerary planner.

You can take a shuttle from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

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Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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