16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Bangkok
+2
Fly + Bus + Shuttle:  33 h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
4
Playa Samara
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Monteverde
— 2 nights
+4
Taxi + Bus + Fly + Foot + Bus:  31 h
End: Bangkok

3
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, and browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation builder app.

Bangkok, Thailand to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 32- hour combination of flight, bus, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Bangkok to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 13 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
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 21st (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero tour itinerary 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. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, stroll through Playa Biesanz, and then explore the galleries of The Captain's Booty. On your second day here, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip planning site.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
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 24th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach, and then view the masterpieces at Koss Art Gallery. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, then kick back and relax at Playa Guiones, and then look for gifts at Nativa Gallery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Playa Samara takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, stop by Dolores Shop, and then find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip tool.

Drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and then admire the masterpieces at Chorotega Arts & Crafts. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Monteverde sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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