16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica route planner

Make it your trip
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo

— 3 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore hidden gems such as Pura Aventura and Shark Diving. Step out of the city life by going to Off-Road Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip itinerary tool.

Singapore, Singapore to Tamarindo is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone changes from Singapore Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -14 hour difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect nights in Tamarindo to be about the same, around 32°C, while days are slightly colder, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

Playas del Coco

— 2 nights

Coco Beach

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.
On the 30th (Wed), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Tio Leo Coffee Tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Playas del Coco itinerary planner.

Getting from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Playas del Coco are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bogarin Trail. On the next day, take a memorable tour with Tours, stroll through Butterfly Conservatory, and then hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online route maker.

Drive from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:

Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
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 3rd (Sun): take a memorable tour with Tours and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

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 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:

Uvita

— 3 nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Parasailing & Paragliding. Step off the beaten path and head to Uvita Waterfall and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ventanas, look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, tour the pleasant surroundings at Uvita Beach, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Uvita trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:

Jaco

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): ride a horse along Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding and then see Off-Road Tours. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see majestic marine mammals with Costa Rica Dreams Sportfishing, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Jungle Crocodile Safari, and then take in the views from Tarcoles Bridge.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Jaco online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Uvita to Jaco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

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.