17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  7 h
1
Liberia
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Bijagua de Upala
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Tamarindo
— 7 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
7
Liberia
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: Toronto

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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.
To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Liberia tour itinerary maker site .

Toronto, Canada to Liberia is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Liberia. On the 21st (Tue), you'll travel to Bijagua de Upala.

Things to do in Liberia

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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1
night
Bijagua de Upala

Bijagua de Upala
To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Bijagua de Upala trip planning website .

Getting from Liberia to Bijagua de Upala by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Bijagua de Upala

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Tenorio National Park
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 22:

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, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip maker .

You can drive from Bijagua de Upala to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 25:
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and then stroll around Parque La Sabana.

Make your San Jose itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in San Jose are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Museums Parks
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Photography Tours
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, and then look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from San Jose to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Shopping Zoos & Aquariums
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The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

7
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal), Barrigona Beach (in Playa Samara) and Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) (in Nosara). There's still lots to do: stroll through Tamarindo Beach, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo tour planner .

Getting from Monteverde to Tamarindo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow time for the bus ride to Liberia.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Playa Conchal, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Playa Guiones, Barrigona Beach
Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 5:
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Liberia

Liberia ©
On the 5th (Tue), stop by Nahua and then take in the exciting artwork at Costa Rica'n Art Craft.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Liberia route maker website .

You can take a bus from Tamarindo to Liberia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Liberia

Theme Parks Shopping Museums
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Ponderosa Adventure Park ©
Ponderosa Adventure Park

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