16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Liberia
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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San Jose
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
5
Monteverde
— 3 nights

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Liberia

Liberia ©

White City

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): get impressive views of Rincon de La Vieja National Park, explore the galleries of Church of La Ermita La Agonia, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Costa Rica'n Art Craft, stroll through Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, then browse the exhibits of Hidden Garden Art Gallery, and finally meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

For ratings and more tourist information, read our Liberia trip itinerary builder tool.

Vancouver, Canada to Liberia is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from Vancouver to Liberia, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Liberia

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Church of La Ermita La Agonia ©
Church of La Ermita La Agonia
Hidden Garden Art Gallery ©
Hidden Garden Art Gallery

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Coco Loco Art Studio & Gallery. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos journey maker site.

Getting from Liberia to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
ChocoMuseo La Fortuna ©
ChocoMuseo La Fortuna
Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos

3
nights
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.
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica and Jade Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park), Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles (in Cartago). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, view the masterpieces at Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings, get impressive views of Irazu Volcano National Park, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Jose trip builder site.

You can take a shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica ©
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

3
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.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, see Off-Road Tours, and stop by The Captain's Booty.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planning tool.

You can take a shuttle from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
The Captain's Booty ©
The Captain's Booty
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Santa Elena Skywalk and Alas y Raices. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, examine the collection at Chorotega Arts & Crafts, and take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas).

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Monteverde trip planning tool.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Chorotega Arts & Crafts ©
Chorotega Arts & Crafts
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk

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