16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

1
night
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.
To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Jose trip maker website.

Toronto, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in March: high temperatures in San Jose hover around °C and lows are around °C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Wed) before leaving for La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

2
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.
On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can drive from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 15th (Fri), you're off to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

2
nights
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.
Esteban Daily Guided Tours has been added to your itinerary. On the 16th (Sat), grab your flashlight and head to Esteban Daily Guided Tours and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), thenstop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, and then get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

Plan my trip to Monteverde with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Esteban Daily Guided Tours ©
Esteban Daily Guided Tours
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

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 18th (Mon), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana) and then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Jose online itinerary planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to San Jose by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Museo de Arte Costarricense ©
Museo de Arte Costarricense
Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana) ©

6
nights
Jaco

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Jaco is known for adventure, beaches, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get interesting insight from Tours, explore by horseback at Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Carara National Park, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaco day trip planner.

Getting from San Jose to Jaco by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Herradura, Carara National Park, Tarcoles Bridge, Playa Linda
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Zipline
Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park

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