17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana
Fly:  28 h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Monteverde
— 3 nights
+3
Shuttle + Foot + Ferry + Bus:  3 h 30 min
3
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Playa Samara
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  28 h
End: Ljubljana

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ecotermales Fortuna and Onirica Art Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and La Fortuna Waterfall. Spend the 22nd (Wed) among the fascinating landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel planner.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 28-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Ljubljana to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): stroll through Playa Santa Teresa and then kick back and relax at Playa Carmen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa custom trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Santa Teresa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, ferry, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas & Wellness

5
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) and Nosara Refuge for Wildlife. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Samara Beach and Nosara Wildlife Sanctuary at Sibu. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playa Samara: MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY (in Nosara) and San Juanillo Beach (in San Juanillo). There's much more to do: stroll through Barrigona Beach, admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, view the masterpieces at Koss Art Gallery, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Playa Samara itinerary planner.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nosara, San Juanillo Beach
Highlights from your plan
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
San Juanillo Beach ©
San Juanillo Beach
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, and then look for gifts at Lydia Beech Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal and then identify plant and animal life at El Viejo Wetlands.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by bus from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or drive. In March in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 25°C at night. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, Playa Conchal
Highlights from your plan
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

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