17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Jose
— 2 nights
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
4
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 day
5
Uvita
— 1 night
6
Montezuma
— 2 nights
7
Jaco
— 1 night
8
Liberia
— 2 nights
9
Tilaran
— 1 night

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Costa Rica Experience, Poas Volcano, Cerro de la Muerte, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Ruins of the Church of Carthage and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cerro de la Muerte.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Jose trip itinerary site.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Tobias Bolanos International Airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport and Limon International Airport. In March, daytime highs in San Jose are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Mon) before leaving for La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, Costa Rica Experience, Cerro de la Muerte, Ruins of the Church of Carthage, Toucan Rescue Ranch
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Ruins of the Church of Carthage ©
Ruins of the Church of Carthage

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.
You've added Ecoterra Costa Rica, Butterfly Conservatory, Free Spirit Costa Rica, and other attractions to your itinerary. Visiting Paradise Hot Springs and Arenal Natura Ecological Park will get you outdoors.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano, Butterfly Conservatory
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Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ecoterra Costa Rica ©
Ecoterra Costa Rica

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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Forest Alive, Pasion Costa Rica, Monteverde Wild, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, get interesting insight from Nasua Tours, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with Coffee'N Jungle Night Tour, thenget to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, thenget a dose of the wild on Monteverde Wild, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Breathing Nature Costa Rica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go all around town with Pasion Costa Rica, join in the after-dark buzz at Forest Alive, and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde online visit planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Nasua Tours ©
Nasua Tours
Pasion Costa Rica ©
Pasion Costa Rica

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Uva Beach and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca holiday planning website.

Getting from Monteverde to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Costa Rica Te Enamora. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and then do sightseeing your way with Costa Rica Te Enamora.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Uvita tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Montezuma.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall
Costa Rica Te Enamora ©
Costa Rica Te Enamora

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nights
Montezuma

Montezuma ©
With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tortuga Island, La Escuela Del Sol, Isla de Cabuya, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Montezuma Falls. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Playa Carmen, thenhead off the coast to Isla de Cabuya, thenvisit La Escuela Del Sol, and finally stroll through Playa Santa Teresa.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Montezuma travel planner.

You can ride a ferry from Uvita to Montezuma in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Jaco.

Things to do in Montezuma

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Teresa, Tortuga Island
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Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Isla de Cabuya ©
Isla de Cabuya
Tortuga Island ©
Tortuga Island

1
night
Jaco

Jaco ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Catarata Bijagual as well as Rainmaker Park. Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): stroll through Rainmaker Park, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Catarata Bijagual, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaco day trip planning app.

Getting from Montezuma to Jaco by ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. On the 29th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Liberia.

Things to do in Jaco

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Rainmaker Park, Tarcoles Bridge
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Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Zipline
Catarata Bijagual ©
Catarata Bijagual

2
nights
Liberia

Liberia ©
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Ricozz Tours Costa Rica, Rio Celeste, Costa Rica Northwest, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Ricozz Tours Costa Rica. Keep things going the next day: get a tailor-made plan with Costa Rica Northwest and then explore the activities along Rio Celeste.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Liberia tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Jaco to Liberia in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can go by car to Tilaran.

Things to do in Liberia

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Rio Celeste
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Natural Discovery Costa Rica ©
Natural Discovery Costa Rica
Rio Celeste ©
Rio Celeste
Costa Rica Northwest ©
Costa Rica Northwest

1
night
Tilaran

Tilaran ©
Tilarán is a small town in the Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica. Waterfall la Piedra del Indio has been added to your itinerary.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tilaran road trip planning site.

You can drive from Liberia to Tilaran in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tilaran

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Viento Fresco Waterfall ©
Viento Fresco Waterfall
La Reserva Forest Reserve ©
La Reserva Forest Reserve

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