16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
2
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
5
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
6
Uvita
— 2 nights
7
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night

1
night
Playas del Coco

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco day trip planning website.

Montreal, Canada to Playas del Coco is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montreal to Playas del Coco due to the time zone difference. On the 20th (Sat), you're off to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Adventure Outdoors Tours
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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.
On the 21st (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Tamarindo Church, thenglide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then push the limits with an extreme tour. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, get interesting insight from Tours, and then look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo itinerary planner.

Getting from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
Monteverde

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 23rd (Tue), look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, thenstroll through Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, thenview the masterpieces at Art House, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip maker site.

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Horseback Riding Tours

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tabacon Hot Springs and Butterfly Conservatory. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ecocentro Danaus and Paradise Hot Springs. And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos route planning tool.

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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.
On the 28th (Sun), stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio. Here are some ideas for day two: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip website.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
Uvita

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Uvita Beach, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, thenadmire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, and finally stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars. Here are some ideas for day two: explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Uvita trip maker tool.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge

1
night
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.
On the 1st (Thu), stroll through Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, thensavor the flavors at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): stroll through Nature Observatorio and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, Nature Observatorio
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Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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