16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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Jaco
— 1 night
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Monteverde
— 1 night
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Tamarindo
— 5 nights
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San Jose — 1 night

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 28th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana). Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, and then contemplate the long history of Ruins of the Church of Carthage.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Jose tour builder site.

Toronto, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca — 2 nights

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.
On the 30th (Sat), kick back and relax at Playa Cocles and then kick back and relax at Playa Punta Uva. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca vacation planner.

You can drive from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): see Off-Road Tours, then hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and then savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, walk around Bogarin Trail, and then take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos sightseeing site.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio — 3 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Step off the beaten path and head to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Safari Adventures. Step out of the city life by going to Horseback Riding Tours and Uvita Waterfall. There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty, and stroll around Parque Nahomi.

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Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Jaco.
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Jaco — 1 night

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): see Off-Road Tours and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Jaco online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Jaco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Monteverde.
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Monteverde — 1 night

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): stroll through Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and then get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planner.

You can drive from Jaco to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.
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Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Tamarindo — 5 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Off-Road Tours and Pura Aventura. Get outdoors at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore Tamarindo's surroundings by going to Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts (in Playas del Coco) and Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa). The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo route builder.

Drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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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.
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