17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 1 night
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Tortuguero
— 2 nights
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights

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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.
On the 13th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and then relax in the rural setting at El Toledo Coffee Tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip maker app.

London, UK to San Jose is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from London to San Jose, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in San Jose reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Adventure · Outdoors · Tours

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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing
4.6

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Tortuguero

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.
To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tortuguero road trip app.

Getting from San Jose to Tortuguero by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
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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.
On the 16th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano and then look for gifts at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo.

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Drive from Tortuguero to Vara Blanca in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

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Nature · Parks · Shopping

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Volcano
Poas Volcano
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
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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 17th (Sat), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see MidWorld Costa Rica.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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Off-Road Tour
MidWorld Costa Rica
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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours
4.6
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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, and trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

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Must see
Tabacon Hot Springs
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Volcano
Arenal Volcano
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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 24th (Sat), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Monteverde, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours
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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 26th (Mon): stroll through Tamarindo Beach, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, and then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours, then stroll through Playa Conchal, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

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Drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

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