17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Wild Hikes, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary builder.

Hamburg, Germany to Monteverde is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Hamburg to Monteverde due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Monteverde Wild Hikes ©
Monteverde Wild Hikes

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana, thenkick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, and then browse the exhibits of Lydia Beech Art Boutique. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Monkey Park, thenkick back and relax at Playa Conchal, and then browse the exhibits of Con Mucho Gusto.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip site.

Getting from Monteverde to Tamarindo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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.
On the 20th (Wed), stroll through Playa Guiones and then stroll through Samara Beach. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Barrigona Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Playa Samara road trip planning website.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Playa Guiones
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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 22nd (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio. On your second day here, cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see reviews and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio attractions planner.

You can 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

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

1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around °C in March, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

5
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 La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to El Castillo and see Butterfly Conservatory, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, and trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

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