17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly
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Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
5
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Taxi to Atenas, Fly to San Francisco

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Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Step out of Tamarindo to go to Playa Conchal and see Playa Conchal, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from San Francisco to Tamarindo, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

1
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Poas Volcano National Park

A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano, join in the after-dark buzz at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, and then head outdoors with Parque Recreativo Los Manantiales.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Poas Volcano National Park trip planner.

Fly from Tamarindo to Poas Volcano National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature · Outdoors · Parks · Nightlife

Side Trip

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Poas Volcano National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

1
night
Tortuguero

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Museums

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Mirador de Jaco & Zipline). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

3
nights
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 18th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde trip app.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

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.