17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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1
San Jose
— 1 night
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
3
Monteverde
— 3 nights
4
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
5
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
6
Jaco
— 3 nights
7
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights

1
night
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.
On the 24th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Soledad and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose attractions planner.

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 February, daytime highs in San Jose are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Historic Sites
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Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Iglesia La Soledad ©
Iglesia La Soledad

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.
Power Wheels Adventures-Private ATV Tours has been added to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at La Fortuna Waterfall and Tabacon Hot Springs. It doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio and stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder website.

Drive from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas
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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Power Wheels Adventures-Private ATV Tours ©
Power Wheels Adventures-Private ATV Tours

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Ecological Sanctuary and Santa Elena Skywalk. Get in touch with nature at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, examine the collection at Chorotega Arts & Crafts, and view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices.

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

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

2
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On your second day here, stroll through Tamarindo Beach, thenstop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo online journey planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach and then kick back and relax at Samara Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Playa Samara, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

3
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Zipline and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts and Bambu. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Jaco Beach, look for gifts at Fruity Monkey Poop, and snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Jaco trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Jaco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. On the 9th (Sat), you'll travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Tarcoles Bridge
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Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach
Zipline
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Jaco to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Meli Melo Boutique
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Meli Melo Boutique ©
Meli Melo Boutique

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