16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 1 night
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
7
Vara Blanca
— 2 nights

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Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll through Tamarindo Beach, and then stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal and then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo tour planner.

Edmonton, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Edmonton to Tamarindo is 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

1
night
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.
On the 6th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, and then explore the galleries of Alas y Raices. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and finally stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Tamarindo to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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 10th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero trip builder tool.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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

4
nights
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.
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, get interesting insight from Tours, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, and view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): stroll through La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Vara Blanca fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

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