16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly
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San Jose
— 1 night
Shuttle
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Fly to San Jose, Shuttle to Manuel Antonio
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 1 night
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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.
For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose online trip maker.

Toronto, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Toronto in November: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Sun) before leaving for La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and stroll around Bogarin Trail.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Take a shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Monteverde.
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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 18th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then relax and rejuvenate at Monteverde Massage Center.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Monteverde driving holiday planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.
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Tamarindo — 4 nights

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) and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll through Playa Avellana, and get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip builder website.

Getting from Monteverde to Tamarindo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio — 3 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, cast your line with Jackpot Sport Fishing, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio route website.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Tamarindo to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Jose.
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San Jose — 1 night

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose day trip site.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to San Jose by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 27th (Sun), you'll travel back home.
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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.
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