16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 23rd (Sun), stop by Dolores Shop, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, thensee some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): see Off-Road Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, thenget interesting insight from Tours, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ottawa to Tamarindo due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Playa Conchal
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): stroll through Ecological Sanctuary, relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), thenstroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, and finally take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): experience rural life at Hidden Valley Permaculture Farm, get interesting insight from Tours, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Frog Pond, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk.

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You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Sustainability Demonstration Center
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Nature & Wildlife 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 27th (Thu), stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see Off-Road Tours, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, thenget a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Alajuela (Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral & Hacienda Alsacia Starbucks Coffee Farm), Bosque de la Hoja (in Heredia) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, experience rural life at El Toledo Coffee Tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Jose vacation maker.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. February in San Jose sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Alajuela, Vara Blanca, Bosque de la Hoja, Poas Volcano, El Silencio de Los Angeles Cloud Forest Reserve
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Monte Sky ©
Monte Sky
Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo ©
Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo

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 3rd (Tue): take a memorable tour with Tours, thenexplore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park, and then learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tortuguero road trip app.

Drive from San Jose to Tortuguero in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. In March, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Adventure
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tirimbina Biological Reserve (in La Virgen) and Butterfly Conservatory (in El Castillo). The adventure continues: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, take in the views from Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker website.

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. On the 8th (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Tirimbina Biological Reserve, Butterfly Conservatory
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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Proyecto Asis ©
Proyecto Asis
Safaris

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