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
— 3 nights
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Santa Teresa
— 1 night
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Playa Samara
— 5 nights
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Tamarindo
— 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.
Attractions like La Fortuna Waterfall and Arenal Volcano make great kid-friendly stops. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ecocentro Danaus and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, push the limits with an extreme tour, and browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 7 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus

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.
On the 23rd (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then explore the galleries of Arte Jaguar Gallery. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Monteverde attractions site.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): stroll through Playa Santa Teresa and then enjoy the sand and surf 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 find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Santa Teresa trip site.

You can drive from Monteverde to Santa Teresa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Spas
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary and Nosara Refuge for Wildlife. Koss Art Gallery and MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa Samara: San Juanillo Beach (in San Juanillo) and Playa Guiones (in Nosara). And it doesn't end there: stroll through dondeJavitours, enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach, and admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
San Juanillo Beach ©
San Juanillo Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

2
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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 3rd (Fri): stroll through Playa Avellana, enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and then view the masterpieces at Lydia Beech Art Boutique. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal and then stroll through Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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