16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Cahuita
— 2 nights
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde road trip site.

Brussels, Belgium to Monteverde is an approximately 18-hour combination of train, flight, and taxi. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Horseback Riding Tours
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
Visiting Proyecto Asis and Ecotermales Fortuna will get you outdoors. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Catedral de Ciudad Quesada in Quesada, approximately Quesada away. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Catedral de Ciudad Quesada ©
Catedral de Ciudad Quesada
Proyecto Asis ©
Proyecto Asis

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nights
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles, stroll through Nature Observatorio, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Nature Park Walk.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cahuita road trip site.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cahuita takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Cahuita can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

2
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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 11th (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa Carmen and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Santa Teresa trip planner.

You can drive from Cahuita to Santa Teresa in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve ©
Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve
Spas & Wellness

2
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Barrigona Beach and Samara Beach. Get in touch with nature at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary and Nosara Refuge for Wildlife. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, tour the pleasant surroundings at dondeJavitours, take in the exciting artwork at Koss Art Gallery, and step aboard Kingfisher Sportfishing.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Playa Samara tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary

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Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Hermosa and Scuba & Snorkeling. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pura Aventura and Tamarindo Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Playas del Coco (Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts & Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo travel route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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