16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— Few hours
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
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San Jose
— 4 nights

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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.
To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Jose road trip planning tool.

Toronto, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Toronto to San Jose, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in December, expect San Jose to be much warmer, temps between 30°C and 22°C. You will leave for Monteverde on the 20th (Tue).

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then explore the galleries of Sarah's Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde day trip planner.

Getting from San Jose to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from San Jose in December, Monteverde is a bit warmer at night with lows of 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Shopping · Museums · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk
Arte Jaguar Gallery ©
Arte Jaguar Gallery

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Catedral de Ciudad Quesada and Onirica Art Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and Ecotermales Fortuna. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Rio Celeste in Tenorio Volcano National Park, approximately Tenorio Volcano National Park away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and get outside with El Salto.

Discover how to plan a La Fortuna de San Carlos trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Rio Celeste, Catedral de Ciudad Quesada, Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Hermosa and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Relax by the water at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Avellana. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Playas del Coco (Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts & Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal). It doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Lydia Beech Art Boutique.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo online vacation maker.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tamarindo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Playa Hermosa, Playa Conchal
Highlights from your plan
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

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San Jose

San Jose ©
Visit Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles and Guayabo National Monument for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and River Rafting & Tubing. Take a break from San Jose with a short trip to Catarata Del Toro Adventures in Bajos del Toro, about 1h 40 min away. See even more of San Jose: take a stroll through Multiplaza and get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to San Jose takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tamarindo in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 22°C in San Jose. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Catarata Del Toro Adventures, Multiplaza, Guayabo National Monument, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles
Highlights from your plan
Catarata Del Toro Adventures ©
Catarata Del Toro Adventures
Guayabo National Monument ©
Guayabo National Monument

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