16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Toronto
+2
Fly + Bus + Shuttle:  10​h 15​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
San Jose
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Toronto

4
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 Catedral de Ciudad Quesada and Onirica Art Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel itinerary planner.

Toronto, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of car and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. You will leave for Tamarindo on the 24th (Sat).

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), Catedral de Ciudad Quesada
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

3
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore hidden gems such as Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco and Playa Conchal. Get outdoors at Playa Avellana and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Art & Gallery (in Playas del Coco) and MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY (in Nosara).

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo online itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. December in Tamarindo sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, Playa Conchal
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Lydia Beech Art Boutique ©
Lydia Beech Art Boutique
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Spas & Wellness

3
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sarah's Gallery and Arte Jaguar Gallery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Reserva Biologica Isla del Cano. Take a break from Monteverde with a short trip to Monteverde Orchid Garden in Santa Elena, about 32 minutes away.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Tamarindo to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Reserva Biologica Isla del Cano
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Reserva Biologica Isla del Cano ©
Reserva Biologica Isla del Cano

4
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.
Let the collections at Precolumbian Gold Museum and Galeria Namu capture your imagination. Guayabo National Park and Monument and National Museum (Museo Nacional) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Zoo Ave (in Alajuela), Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park), Frogs Heaven (in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui), El Toledo Coffee Tour (in Atenas), Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles) (in Cartago) and Catarata Del Toro Adventures (in Bajos del Toro). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, contemplate the long history of Ruinas de Ujarras, don't miss a visit to Mercado Nacional de Artesanias, and take a stroll through Multiplaza Shopping Mall Centro.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Jose travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or take a bus. In December in San Jose, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, Multiplaza, Frogs Heaven, Catarata Del Toro Adventures
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