16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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San Jose
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
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Santa Teresa
— 1 night
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Playa Samara
— 1 night
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
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Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 1 night

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to La Fortuna Waterfall and Baldi Hot Springs. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano, push the limits with an extreme tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 22-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Lisbon to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing

2
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Monteverde

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 7th (Tue), view the masterpieces at Art House, delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde attractions planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Monteverde

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

2
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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.
On the 9th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and finally revel in the low prices at Mercado Municipal De Artesanias.

Plan trip to San Jose with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in February, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to take a shuttle to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Highlights from your plan
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

1
night
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 10th (Fri): see MidWorld Costa Rica and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio tour itinerary planner.

You can take a shuttle from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. On the 11th (Sat), you'll travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

1
night
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Santa Teresa.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Santa Teresa journey planning site.

Ride a ferry from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

1
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Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
On the 13th (Mon), take a tour of Kingfisher Sportfishing, then stroll through Barrigona Beach, and then kick back and relax at Samara Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Playa Samara trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

3
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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 14th (Tue): stroll through Playa Conchal, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, then look for gifts at Lydia Beech Art Boutique, and finally look for gifts at Guaitil Pottery Studio. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, then stroll through Playa Avellana, and then find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip planning app.

Getting from Playa Samara to Tamarindo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

1
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Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Area de Conservacion Guanacaste trip planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in 2.5 hours. On the 17th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands

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