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
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Ferry:  3 h 30 min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  27 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.
Get in touch with nature at Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 28-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Ljubljana to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

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.
Get outdoors at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Curi Cancha Reserve. Step out of Monteverde to go to Tilaran and see Viento Fresco Waterfall, which is approximately 56 minutes away.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Viento Fresco Waterfall
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

4
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.
Relax by the water at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Hermosa. Attractions like Playa Conchal and Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Tamarindo to go to Playa Avellanas and see Playa Avellana, which is approximately 30 minutes away.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip generator.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Playa Conchal, Playa Hermosa, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

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 1st (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio National Park.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio and then look for gifts at Super Joseth. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then stroll through MidWorld Costa Rica.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio National Park trip generator.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March in Manuel Antonio National Park, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Super Joseth ©
Super Joseth

1
night
Vara Blanca

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall Gardens and then stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Vara Blanca trip generator.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio National Park to Vara Blanca in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Zoo Ave, Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
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Zoo Ave ©
Zoo Ave
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

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