17 days in Costa Rica & Bora Bora Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica & Bora Bora Itinerary

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to Bora Bora Airport
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Bora Bora, French Polynesia
— 5 nights
Ferry to Bora Bora, Fly to Vancouver

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 2nd (Sun), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and then stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa.

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Vancouver, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

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Monteverde, Costa Rica

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 3rd (Mon), stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Curi Cancha Reserve, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

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Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Adventure

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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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 5th (Wed): see Off-Road Tours, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then walk around Manuel Antonio National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

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Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 7th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

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Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Vara Blanca, Costa Rica

A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 11th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Vara Blanca trip tool.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Bora Bora.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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Bora Bora, French Polynesia

There's a reason why many consider Bora Bora the most romantic island in the world.
Bora Bora is known for wildlife, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see majestic marine mammals with Reef Discovery Bora Bora, look for gifts at La Perle de MAIMITI, get interesting insight from Tours, and contemplate the geological forces at Mount Otemanu.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bora Bora trip builder website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Vara Blanca to Bora Bora. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Tahiti Time is minus 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bora Bora

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

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.