16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip builder

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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.
On the 4th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio online day trip planner.

San Jose to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Quepos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 5:

Quepos

— 2 nights
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Quepos trip builder website.

Quepos is very close to Manuel Antonio. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Jaco.

Things to do in Quepos

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Spas
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 7:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Jaco Beach and then look for gifts at Fruity Monkey Poop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then get great views at Mirador de Jaco.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Jaco journey builder site.

You can drive from Quepos to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mal Pais.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 7 — 8:

Mal Pais

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wild Sun Rescue Center.

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You can drive from Jaco to Mal Pais in 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Mal Pais

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 8 — 10:

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.
On the 10th (Thu), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, explore the galleries of Arte Jaguar Gallery, and then meet the residents at The Bat Jungle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond, and then get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde visit app.

Traveling by car from Mal Pais to Monteverde takes 5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 12:

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Galeria Estudio. Take a break from the city and head to La Fortuna Waterfall and Arenal Volcano. There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and browse the exhibits of Wood & Art Gallery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 12 — 16:

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 17:
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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 17th (Thu): 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 and other tourist information, read Vara Blanca trip planning tool.

You can 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 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 18:
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 18th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at 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.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip planner.

Drive from Vara Blanca to San Jose in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. June in San Jose sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 67°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 19:

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.