17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, learn and have fun at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos journey planning site.

Chicago, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 16:
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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park, and then get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tortuguero trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 17:
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
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 18th (Thu): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online visit planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Wildlife · Spas · Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 18:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Spas

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Manuel Antonio side-trips: Jaco (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Zipline, &more). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, stroll around Parque Nahomi, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Manuel Antonio in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Jaco, Parque Nahomi
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 22:
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Zipline

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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Monteverde trip maker website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 25:
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

3
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Step out of Tamarindo with an excursion to Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal--about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, see Off-Road Tours, and get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Playa Conchal
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 28:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

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