16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Liberia
— Few hours
bus:  30​min
2
Playa Hermosa
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
3
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 15​min
5
Montezuma
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
6
Jaco
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
7
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
8
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h
End: Montreal

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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.
On the 9th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of La Ermita La Agonia, then shop like a local with Costa Rica'n Art Craft, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Llanos de Cortez Waterfall.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Liberia trip builder site .

Montreal, Canada to Liberia is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Playa Hermosa.

Things to do in Liberia

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
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Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Church of La Ermita La Agonia ©
Church of La Ermita La Agonia

2
nights
Playa Hermosa

On the 10th (Sat), kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa Hermosa trip planning app .

Playa Hermosa is just a stone's throw from Liberia. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Playas del Coco
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Shark Diving
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal (about 38 minutes away). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, stroll through Playa Avellana, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Park.

Plan my trip to Tamarindo with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Playa Hermosa to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

3
nights
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Playa Hermosa. When in Santa Teresa, make a side trip to see Playa Islita in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa, take in the exciting artwork at Bri'ah Art Gallery, stroll through Playa Carmen, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

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

Getting from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Montezuma.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kayaking & Canoeing, Playa Islita
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Islita ©
Playa Islita

2
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.
On the 17th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then identify plant and animal life at Wild Sun Rescue Center. Keep things going the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then head off the coast to Tortuga Island.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Montezuma sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Montezuma takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Jaco.

Things to do in Montezuma

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Tortuga Island
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Tortuga Island ©
Tortuga Island
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Keep things going the next day: push the limits with an extreme tour and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Jaco trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Montezuma to Jaco takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Horseback Riding Tours
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.
On the 21st (Wed), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the next day, kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for the bus ride to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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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 23rd (Fri), stroll around Parque La Sabana.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Jose itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August, daytime highs in San Jose are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks
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Parque La Sabana ©
Parque La Sabana

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