17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cahuita
— 1 night
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Taxi to Tambor, Fly to Montreal

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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.
Visiting La Fortuna Waterfall and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, and look for gifts at Galeria Aguas Verdes.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your La Fortuna de San Carlos trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Montreal, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

1
night
Cahuita

With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park and then admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cahuita trip planning website.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cahuita by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Walaba

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

Plan trip to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is just a stone's throw from Cahuita. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

3
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Manuel Antonio and Off-Road Tours. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, cast your line with a fishing tour, and stroll through Playa Biesanz.

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Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Manuel Antonio takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

2
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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 19th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. On your second day here, take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde road trip website.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

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Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then stroll through Playa Danta. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

3
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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.
On the 23rd (Sun), kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Guiones and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nosara Refuge for Wildlife.

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Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.