17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Liberia
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cahuita
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
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Liberia

— 1 night

White City

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Hidden Garden Art Gallery, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, relax in the rural setting at Tio Leo Coffee Tour, stop by Souvenirs La gran Nicoya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of La Ermita La Agonia. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on Rincon de la Vieja Mountain Lodge Canopy Tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Nacascolo, and then play a few rounds at Four Seasons Golf Club.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Liberia trip itinerary maker.

Prague, Czech Republic to Liberia is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Prague to Liberia due to the time zone difference. In December, Liberia is much warmer than Prague - with highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Liberia

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Monteverde

— 2 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, stroll through Valle Escondido Preserve, stroll through Curi Cancha Reserve, take in the dramatic scenery at San Luis Waterfall, then experience rural life at Life Monteverde, and finally relax in the rural setting at Hidden Valley Permaculture Farm.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip app.

Getting from Liberia to Monteverde by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio

— 4 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Manuel Antonio and Off-Road Tours. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Espadilla Norte and La Playita. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Uvita (Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge & Spas & Wellness), Playa Ventanas (in Ballena) and Jaco (Neo Fauna CR, Zipline, &more). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Palo Seco Beach, walk around Manuel Antonio National Park, ride a horse along Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding, and stop by Jimmy T's Provisions.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Cahuita

— 2 nights
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
On the 23rd (Wed), stroll through Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, tour the pleasant surroundings at Redfrogteam Biological Station, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cahuita Tours, and finally admire the natural beauty at Alma Verde - Cahuita Healing Garden. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve, then head outdoors with Nature Riders, then stroll through Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cahuita trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Cahuita in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Cahuita

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Tortuguero

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Jungle Tom Safaris Day Tours and then get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tortuguero trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Cahuita to Tortuguero by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums
Highlights from your trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 nights
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 outdoors at La Fortuna Waterfall and Tabacon Hot Springs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bogarin Trail and Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. Change things up with a short trip to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: stroll around Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens, get outside with Flow Trips, hike along Arenal 1968 Trail, and get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano).

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Vara Blanca

— 1 night
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Vara Blanca trip maker website.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.