16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 5 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Natura Eco Park Costa Rica and Paradise Hot Springs. Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and Rio Chollin. 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. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 7 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trips

Monteverde

— 2 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
On the 2nd (Tue), meet the residents at The Bat Jungle and then take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve. On the next day, stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Manuel Antonio

— 2 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): look for gifts at Super Joseth. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): stop by Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip planning website.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Shopping · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Santa Teresa

— 1 night
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 7th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Santa Teresa online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Playa Samara

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Samara Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary and then kick back and relax at Playa Guiones.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Playa Samara trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Tamarindo

— 2 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, kick back and relax at Playa Conchal, and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then take in the exciting artwork at Lydia Beech Art Boutique.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip planning website.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.