16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  15 h 45 min
1
San Jose
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
San Jose
— 4 nights
Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Toronto

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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 where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose travel itinerary creator.

Toronto, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 16-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in December: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, view the masterpieces at Sarah's Gallery, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde itinerary maker.

You can drive from San Jose to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Shopping Museums Parks
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Arte Jaguar Gallery ©
Arte Jaguar Gallery
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Catedral de Ciudad Quesada and Onirica Art Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tenorio Volcano National Park to see Rio Celeste about 1:45 hours away. Spend the 27th (Tue) among the fascinating landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary builder.

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. 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

Catedral de Ciudad Quesada, Arenal Volcano, Rio Celeste
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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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco and Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Art & Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Playa Avellana and Tamarindo Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa), Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Playa Flamingo).

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo sightseeing planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Playa Hermosa, Playa Conchal
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Lydia Beech Art Boutique ©
Lydia Beech Art Boutique
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

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San Jose

San Jose ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Guayabo National Park and Monument and Spas & Wellness. Get outdoors at La Paz Waterfall Gardens and River Rafting & Tubing. Get out of town with these interesting San Jose side-trips: Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles) (in Cartago) and Catarata Del Toro Adventures (in Bajos del Toro). See some other sides of San Jose: take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional) and take a stroll through Multiplaza Shopping Mall Centro.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Tamarindo to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Tamarindo in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Jose: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

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

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