17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Windsor
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Puerto Jimenez
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Drake Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: Windsor

1
day
Puerto Jimenez

Puerto Jimenez ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): experience rural life at Rancho Raices de Osa and then stroll through Osa Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Jimenez day trip planning tool.

Windsor, Canada to Puerto Jimenez is an approximately 19- hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Windsor to Puerto Jimenez. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Puerto Jimenez

Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Osa Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Osa Wildlife Sanctuary
Rancho Raices de Osa ©
Rancho Raices de Osa

2
nights
Drake Bay

Drake Bay ©
On the 7th (Tue), step off the mainland to explore Cano Island.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Drake Bay vacation planning app.

You can drive from Puerto Jimenez to Drake Bay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. On the 8th (Wed), you're off to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cano Island ©
Cano Island

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Playa Biesanz. The adventure continues: see MidWorld Costa Rica, look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, relax in the rural setting at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

House of Cigars
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
River Rafting & Tubing

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 La Fortuna Waterfall and River Rafting & Tubing. There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, stroll through Proyecto Asis, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, and browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

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 17th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Frog Pond and then take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde tour itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Tamarindo Beach and Playa Avellana. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, and wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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