17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
4
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Ferry
5
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive
6
Playa Samara
— 1 night
Drive
7
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Shuttle to San José, Fly to Paris CDG

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall. There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, explore the galleries of Onirica Art Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis, and explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary builder site.

Paris, France to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

2
nights
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.
On the 14th (Tue), contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Vara Blanca itinerary builder site.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your 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 15th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Tortuguero travel site.

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In March in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

3
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.
Get outdoors at MidWorld Costa Rica and Mulguri Adventure. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, and experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary site.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

1
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Santa Teresa

A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
On the 20th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa and then kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa sightseeing planning website.

You can ride a ferry from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

1
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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): cast your line with a fishing tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and then view the masterpieces at Lydia Beech Art Boutique. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates and then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo travel route builder tool.

Getting from Playa Samara to Tamarindo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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.