16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Paris
Fly:  9​h 30​min
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Grecia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Tortuguero
— 1 night
shuttle + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Cano Negro
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
shuttle:  1​h
Jaco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Fly:  29​h
Paris

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): get impressive views of Arenal Volcano riding tour, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), then stop by Chieton Moren, and finally stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read San Jose tour planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Paris, France to San Jose. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Paris to San Jose due to the time zone difference. In September, San Jose is somewhat warmer than Paris - with highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C. You'll set off for Grecia on the 30th (Fri).

Things to do in San Jose

#Shopping

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J.LANG Atelier & Showroom
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Central Market (Mercado Central) ©
Central Market (Mercado Central)
Chieton Moren ©
Chieton Moren
J.LANG Atelier & Showroom ©
J.LANG Atelier & Showroom

1
day
Grecia

Grecia ©
Grecia is the capital city of the canton of Grecia in the province of Alajuela in Costa Rica. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Los Chorros Waterfalls and then revel in the low prices at Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Grecia sightseeing planner.

Explore your travel options from San Jose to Grecia with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in October, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Grecia

#Nature, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trip

Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro
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Los Chorros Waterfalls ©
Los Chorros Waterfalls
Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro ©
Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro

1
day
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.
On the 2nd (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Grecia to Tortuguero. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Tortuguero

#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

1
day
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
On the 3rd (Mon), contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Poas Volcano National Park travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tortuguero to Poas Volcano National Park. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in October, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cano Negro.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

#Nature, #Parks
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

1
day
Cano Negro

Cano Negro ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): enjoy some diversion at Termales Agua hermosa and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Bio Thermales Hot Springs.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cano Negro sightseeing planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Poas Volcano National Park to Cano Negro. In October in Cano Negro, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Cano Negro

#Nature, #Parks, #Fun & Games

Side Trips

Termales Agua hermosa, Bio Thermales Hot Springs
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Bio Thermales Hot Springs ©
Bio Thermales Hot Springs
Termales Agua hermosa ©
Termales Agua hermosa

2
days
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.
On the 5th (Wed), soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then stop by Souvenir Leo.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cano Negro to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Spas, #Nature, #Parks
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing

2
days
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 7th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): stop by Souvenir Rosewood, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then stop by Hummingbird Gallery.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by taxi from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Shopping
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Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery
Souvenir Rosewood ©
Souvenir Rosewood

1
day
Jaco

Jaco ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): stroll through Jaco Beach and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Jaco holiday planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Jaco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio National Park.

Things to do in Jaco

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach

3
days
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.
Get in touch with nature at Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio and River Rafting & Tubing. Shop till you drop at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store and Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio National Park vacation builder.

Traveling by taxi from Jaco to Manuel Antonio National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Shopping, #Tours

Side Trips

Quepos, Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
River Rafting & Tubing

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