16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica visit planner

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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
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Quepos
— 2 nights
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Jaco
— 1 night
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Mal Pais
— 1 night
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
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San Jose
— 1 night

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Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
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 5th (Sat): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio holiday builder website.

San Jose to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Quepos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 6:

Quepos

— 2 nights
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
On the 7th (Mon), cast your line with a fishing tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Quepos day trip planner.

Quepos is very close to Manuel Antonio. On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Quepos

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Spas
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 8:

Jaco

— 1 night
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 8th (Tue): kick back and relax at Jaco Beach and then look for gifts at Fruity Monkey Poop. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get interesting insight from Tours, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then make a trip to Mirador de Jaco.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Jaco tour itinerary maker site.

Drive from Quepos to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mal Pais.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 8 — 9:

Mal Pais

— 1 night
On the 10th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve and then stroll through Wild Sun Rescue Center.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Mal Pais day trip planning website.

You can drive from Jaco to Mal Pais in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Mal Pais

Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 9 — 11:

Monteverde

— 2 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, then take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond, and then stroll through Ecological Sanctuary.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde day trip website.

Traveling by car from Mal Pais to Monteverde takes 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 13:

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Wood & Art Gallery. Visiting La Fortuna Waterfall and Tabacon Hot Springs will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, explore the galleries of Onirica Art Gallery, and get impressive views of Arenal Volcano.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 13 — 17:

Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 17th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tortuguero visit planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. June in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 18:
Highlights from your trip

Vara Blanca

— 1 night
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca trip planner.

Drive from Tortuguero to Vara Blanca in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 19:
Highlights from your trip

San Jose

— 1 night
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 19th (Sat), take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana), and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Jose day trip planning site.

Drive from Vara Blanca to San Jose in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 67°F. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 19 — 20:

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.