17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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San Jose
— 3 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Lydia Beech Art Boutique and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Playa Conchal and then get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

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London, UK to Tamarindo is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Tamarindo due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

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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: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk, get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, and delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Monteverde route planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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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, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, get a dose of the wild on Ecocentro Danaus, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

2
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita) and Hacienda Baru Lodge (in Dominical). There's more to do: see MidWorld Costa Rica.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online vacation planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Hacienda Baru Lodge ©
Hacienda Baru Lodge

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park), Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center (in Alajuela) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). The adventure continues: experience rural life at El Toledo Coffee Tour, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Jose online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In March in San Jose, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Nature · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
El Toledo Coffee Tour ©
El Toledo Coffee Tour
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

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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 31st (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero trip planner.

Getting from San Jose to Tortuguero by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In March in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

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