16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica route maker

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San Jose
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Tamarindo
— 5 nights
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San Jose

— 1 night
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.
For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose day trip planning site.

New York City, USA to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to San Jose is minus 1 hour. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in November, with highs in San Jose at 79°F and lows at 66°F. You'll set off for Puerto Viejo de Talamanca on the 14th (Sun).

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 1 night

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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 15th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarantulas Way. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca planner.

You can drive from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Monteverde

— 2 nights
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 17th (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at Monteverde Massage Center and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas) and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Monteverde in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 nights
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 trip includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online holiday builder.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Tamarindo

— 5 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.