16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana
Fly:  27 h
1
Liberia
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
El Castillo
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
4
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Bus + Shuttle:  5 h 30 min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Ferry:  3 h 30 min
6
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  28 h
End: Ljubljana

1
night
Liberia

Liberia
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Liberia trip itinerary planner.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Liberia is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Ljubljana in February; daily highs in Liberia reach 39°C and lows reach 25°C. You will leave for Monteverde on the 19th (Sun).

Things to do in Liberia

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Curi Cancha Reserve, Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and The Bat Jungle. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve and then identify plant and animal life at The Bat Jungle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Monteverde vacation builder.

Traveling by shuttle from Liberia to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to El Castillo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
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Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

2
nights
El Castillo

El Castillo ©
You've added Eco Termales Hot Springs, Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), Arenal Eco Zoo, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 21st (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Conservatory and then take in the natural beauty of Eco Termales Hot Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Arenal Eco Zoo and then get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano).

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our El Castillo itinerary maker.

Drive from Monteverde to El Castillo in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in El Castillo

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
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Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) ©
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Eco Zoo ©
Arenal Eco Zoo

2
nights
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sea Turtle Conservancy as well as Tortuguero National Park. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): examine the collection at Sea Turtle Conservancy. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tortuguero travel planner.

Explore your travel options from El Castillo to Tortuguero with the Route module. In February, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio National Park.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Museums
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio National Park itinerary maker.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. February in Manuel Antonio National Park sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Dominical, Quepos
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Fishing Charters & Tours
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa and then stroll through Playa Santa Teresa.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Santa Teresa trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Manuel Antonio National Park to Santa Teresa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

2
nights
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.
Dolphin & Whale Watching has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Koss Art Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Nosara Wildlife Sanctuary at Sibu, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones).

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Playa Samara vacation trip planner.

Getting from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In March, daily temperatures in Playa Samara can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Nosara
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Playa Guiones ©
Playa Guiones

1
night
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip generator.

Take a bus from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Bolas Locas Mini Golf ©
Bolas Locas Mini Golf

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