16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
2
Monteverde
— 3 nights
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
6
San Jose
— 2 nights

2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo road trip planner.

Houston, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Monteverde Frog Pond. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chorotega Arts & Crafts and Santa Elena Skywalk. Next up on the itinerary: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, admire all the interesting features of Ecological Sanctuary, and view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Monteverde driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. Here are some ideas for day two: see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Fishing Charters & Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

4
nights
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.
Bring the kids along to La Fortuna Waterfall and Proyecto Asis. Onirica Art Gallery and Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, take a memorable tour with Tours, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel planning tool.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park and then get your game on at Yesland Mini Golf. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Puerto Viejo Beach and then admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca route maker site.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trip

Cahuita
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Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

2
nights
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 12th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Soledad, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, thentake an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, thenget engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and finally see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense and then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Jose online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In July, daytime highs in San Jose are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles
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Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

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