17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Monteverde
— 1 night
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San Jose
— 3 nights
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Puerto Jimenez
— Few hours
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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Santa Teresa
— 1 night
7
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
8
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 2 nights

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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.
Visiting La Fortuna Waterfall and Tabacon Hot Springs will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, push the limits with an extreme tour, take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs, and explore the activities along Lake Arenal.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos route planning app.

Lisbon, Portugal to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 22-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Lisbon to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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

1
night
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.
On the 6th (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Monteverde online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Monteverde

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

3
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): revel in the low prices at Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and finally hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central). Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, stop by Chocolatería Sibú, then stroll through Toucan Rescue Ranch, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Central Bank (Banco Central).

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Jose trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Jimenez.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Shopping · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch

few
hours
Puerto Jimenez

Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then stop by Jagua Arts and Crafts.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Jimenez day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Jimenez

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Jagua Arts and Crafts ©
Jagua Arts and Crafts

2
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.
On the 11th (Sat), kick your exploration up a notch at MidWorld Costa Rica and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Puerto Jimenez to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for Santa Teresa on the 12th (Sun).

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks
Highlights from your plan
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

1
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Santa Teresa

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Santa Teresa.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Santa Teresa trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa by ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

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nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 14th (Tue), kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, then stop by Papaya Con Leche, and finally view the masterpieces at Lydia Beech Art Boutique. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo holiday planner.

Drive from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): stroll through Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Area de Conservacion Guanacaste attractions website.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in 2.5 hours. You will leave for home on the 17th (Fri).

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands

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