17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Monteverde
— 1 night
2
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
3
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
4
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
5
Drake Bay
— 2 nights
6
Tortuguero
— 1 day
7
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Fri), stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde day trip planning app.

Hamburg, Germany to Monteverde is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from Hamburg to Monteverde, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond

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nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Avellana and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo tour itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): stroll through Playa Guiones and then tour the pleasant surroundings at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Samara Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at Koss Art Gallery.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Playa Samara journey planning tool.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Nosara
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Playa Guiones ©
Playa Guiones

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.
On the 21st (Thu), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio visit site.

Drive from Playa Samara to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Drake Bay

Drake Bay ©
On the 23rd (Sat), head off the coast to Cano Island. Keep things going the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Drake Bay day trip planning app.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
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Cano Island ©
Cano Island
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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day
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tortuguero driving holiday website.

You can drive from Drake Bay to Tortuguero in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, browse the exhibits of Wood & Art Gallery, and take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning app.

Drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano, Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Proyecto Asis ©
Proyecto Asis

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