16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Playa Hermosa. There's still lots to do: see Off-Road Tours, stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo trip planner.

Montreal, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Tamarindo is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Montreal in December, things will get much hotter in Tamarindo: highs are around 32°C and lows about 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trips

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Paradise Hot Springs and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get in touch with nature at La Fortuna Waterfall and River Rafting & Tubing. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos with an excursion to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo--about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, explore by horseback at Arenal Wilberth Stables, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker website.

You can drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach.

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

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, and then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Soledad, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip planning app.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites · Museums · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trip

1
night
Jaco

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 10th (Fri), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then take in the exciting artwork at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Jaco trip site.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Jaco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

4
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Playa Manuel Antonio and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Walking tours. When in Manuel Antonio, make a side trip to see Uvita Beach in Uvita, approximately Uvita away. The adventure continues: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stroll around Parque Nahomi, and get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online route planner.

You can drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

4.3
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.