17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 1 night
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Cahuita
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
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Playa Samara
— 1 night
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
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Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 5 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.
On the 16th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion and then appreciate the views at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ).

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Jose day trip planning site.

Mexico City, Mexico to San Jose is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mexico City in December; daily highs in San Jose reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cahuita.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles and then stroll through Nature Park Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): stroll through Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cahuita trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Jose to Cahuita in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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.
Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Lake Arenal, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, and then take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning site.

You can drive from Cahuita to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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Hot Spring
Ecotermales Fortuna
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Volcano
Arenal Volcano
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Water Body
Lake Arenal
4.3

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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.
Catedral de Puntarenas and Santa Elena Skywalk are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Viento Fresco Waterfall. Step out of Monteverde with an excursion to Middle Earth Thermal Springs in Quebrada Grande--about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Reserva Biologica Isla del Cano and look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Monteverde are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

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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.
On the 24th (Sat), take a tour of Kingfisher Sportfishing and then stroll through Samara Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Playa Samara trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Playa Samara in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December in Playa Samara, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 32°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
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Beach
Samara Beach
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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trip

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Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Relax by the water at Playa Rajada and Playa Nacascolo. Get outdoors at Miravalles Volcano and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands. Take a break from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste with a short trip to Rio Negro Hot Springs in Rincon de La Vieja, about 1h 10 min away.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Area de Conservacion Guanacaste holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. You'll set off for home on the 1st (Sun).

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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Must see
Playa Rajada
4.8

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