17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 3 nights
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Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
3
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
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San Jose
— 1 night

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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 your second day here, take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica, then stop by Chieton Moren, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Jose trip itinerary planner.

Ottawa, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Ottawa to San Jose, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ottawa in December, things will get warmer in San Jose: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in San Jose

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
River Rafting & Tubing
Parque Diversiones ©
Parque Diversiones

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Playas del Coco

Coco Beach

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cast your line with a fishing tour and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Playas del Coco road trip website.

You can drive from San Jose to Playas del Coco in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Playas del Coco when traveling from San Jose in December, with lows around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Playa Dantita ©
Playa Dantita
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco

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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.
On the 21st (Mon), find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then have some family-friendly fun at Bolas Locas Mini Golf. Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Side Trip

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Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Shark Diving
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas and Parque Nahomi. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, get interesting insight from Tours, see Off-Road Tours, and look for gifts at Quepos Cigar Shop.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Manuel Antonio takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Spas
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
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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 Bogarin Trail and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, stroll through Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, hike along Senderos Los Tucanes, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to catch the shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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San Jose

San Jose ©
On the 30th (Wed), stroll through Spirogyra Butterfly Garden, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and then stop by La Bodega de Chema.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Jose tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Shopping · Parks · Wildlife · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Spirogyra Butterfly Garden ©
Spirogyra Butterfly Garden
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum
Iglesia La Soledad ©
Iglesia La Soledad

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