17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 1 night
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Monteverde
— 4 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Vara Blanca
— 2 nights

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San Jose

San Jose
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Jose tour itinerary planner.

Paris, France to San Jose is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in March; daily highs in San Jose reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. On the 6th (Fri), you'll travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

1
night
Tortuguero

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 6th (Fri): learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

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You can drive from San Jose to Tortuguero in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. March in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. You'll set off for Monteverde on the 7th (Sat).

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, browse the exhibits of Alas y Raices, and take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde trip planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Monteverde in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

3
nights
Manuel Antonio

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 out of town with these interesting Manuel Antonio side-trips: Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, take a memorable tour with Tours, walk around Parque Nahomi, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio route builder app.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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.
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, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca ©
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Explore Vara Blanca's surroundings by going to La Virgen (Tirimbina Biological Reserve & Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, and appreciate the views at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ).

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca trip website.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Tirimbina Biological Reserve ©
Tirimbina Biological Reserve

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