16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
2
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
4
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
5
Monteverde
— 2 nights
6
Cahuita
— 3 nights

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, then look for gifts at Meli Melo Boutique, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Argentina Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Meli Melo Boutique
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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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 La Fortuna Waterfall and Arenal Volcano. The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

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Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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 27th (Sat), stroll through Tamarindo Beach, then stroll through Monkey Park, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana and then stroll through Playa Conchal.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo travel route planning site.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices, get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde vacation maker.

You can 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 by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

3
nights
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park and then have some family-friendly fun at Yesland Mini Golf. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, stroll through Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary, and then admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

You can plan Cahuita trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Cahuita takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary
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Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica ©
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

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