17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Hamburg
+2
Fly + Bus + Shuttle:  9 h 30 min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Quebrada Grande
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  18 h
End: Hamburg

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Rio Celeste and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ecotermales Fortuna and Ecocentro Danaus. On the 8th (Sat), spend a day exploring the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. Spend the 10th (Mon) among the fascinating landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bad Segeberg, Germany to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Bad Segeberg to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano, Rio Celeste
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Curi Cancha Reserve and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Monteverde travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by taxi from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

3
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) and Barrigona Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Surfing and Nosara Refuge for Wildlife. Go for a jaunt from Playa Samara to Nosara to see MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Samara Beach, admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, and look for all kinds of wild species at dondeJavitours.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Playa Samara itinerary planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Playa Samara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Playa Samara are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Nosara
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dondeJavitours ©
dondeJavitours
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife

4
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Avellana and Playa Hermosa. Escape the urban bustle at Playa Conchal and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Change things up with a short trip to Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco in Playas del Coco (about 1:05 hours away).

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo itinerary maker.

Getting from Playa Samara to Tamarindo by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In April in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Quebrada Grande.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, Playa Conchal, Playa Hermosa
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

2
nights
Quebrada Grande

Quebrada Grande ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): admire the sheer force of Llanos de Cortez Waterfall and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Here are some ideas for day two: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Rajada.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Quebrada Grande travel itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tamarindo to Quebrada Grande. April in Quebrada Grande sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Quebrada Grande

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Rajada
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Playa Rajada ©
Playa Rajada

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