16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip maker

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Tamarindo
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Jaco
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
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San Jose
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo

— 1 night
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 20th (Sat), get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates. On the next day, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo holiday maker app.

Toronto, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Tamarindo. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Theme Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through Bogarin Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, and indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour.

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Getting from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin de Orquideas San Bosco, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, and finally meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip planning site.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

Jaco

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then head outdoors with Costa Rica SUP'ers, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): push the limits with an extreme tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then get great views at Mirador de Jaco, and finally snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge.

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You can drive from Monteverde to Jaco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
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 30th (Tue), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio day trip planning website.

Getting from Jaco to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

Tortuguero

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero tour planning app.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In November, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): stroll through Nature Observatorio and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary builder app.

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

San Jose

— 3 nights
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.
When in San Jose, make a side trip to see Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz in Vara Blanca, approximately Vara Blanca away. And it doesn't end there: learn the secrets of beer at Carpe Chepe, take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in San Jose are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries · Nightlife

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.