16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary maker

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Fly
1
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Jaco
— 1 night
Drive
7
Monteverde
— 3 nights
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San Jose

— 2 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.
Step out of San Jose to go to Vara Blanca and see Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: sample some tasty brews at Carpe Chepe, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica, and stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Jose journey planner.

London, UK to San Jose is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in October: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 31°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Tours · Nightlife · Nature

Side Trips

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 2 nights

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 20th (Wed), stroll through Nature Observatorio and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca travel route builder site.

Drive from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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 22nd (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tortuguero online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your 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: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation planning website.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Manuel Antonio

— 2 nights
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 27th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, let the river carry you 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: walk around Parque Nahomi, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Jaco

— 1 night
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.
On the 29th (Fri), push the limits with an extreme tour, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then browse the different shops at Jaco Walk Open Air Shopping Center.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Jaco road trip app.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Shopping

Monteverde

— 3 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 30th (Sat): look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planner.

Getting from Jaco to Monteverde by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

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.