16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 1 night
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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El Castillo
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 day
Drive
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Liberia
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
9
San Jose
— 1 night

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, then get some fabulous bargains at Mercado Municipal De Artesanias, and then stroll around Parque La Sabana.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Jose tour builder tool.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major aiports are Tobias Bolanos International Airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport and Limon International Airport. In January, daytime highs in San Jose are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 30 — 31:

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Walaba

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Spend the 1st (Mon) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, admire the sheer force of Cataratas Bribri Talamanca, and kick back and relax at Playa Cocles.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online visit planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 4:

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Tortuguero

Costa Rica's Amazon

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 4th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tortuguero trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to El Castillo.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
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2
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El Castillo

Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): Head underground at Venado Caves and then contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano).

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the El Castillo trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to El Castillo takes 4 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in El Castillo

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 5 — 7:

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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.
Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park has been added to your itinerary. On the 7th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, take in the views from Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, and then take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from El Castillo to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Liberia.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Classes · Museums

Side Trip

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Liberia

White City

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): find something for the whole family at Ponderosa Adventure Park and then look for gifts at Nahua.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Liberia trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Liberia in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Liberia

Theme Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 9:
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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 9th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin de Orquideas San Bosco, then take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Monteverde online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Liberia to Monteverde takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours
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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 11th (Thu), walk around Manuel Antonio National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then stop by Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, and finally stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip site.

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 11 — 13:

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San Jose

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose travel planning website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 14th (Sun).

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
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Costa Rica travel guide

4.3
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.

Arenal Volcano National Park travel guide

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Hot Springs · Waterfalls · River Rafting & Tubing
Plan a tour of Arenal Volcano National Park to get in touch with nature, enjoy scenic views, and admire the majestic volcano up close. The park, established in 1991, protects a variety of ecosystems and wildlife. You can choose from four hiking trails, taking you across the rainforest and lava fields. Enjoy scenic lookout points, see a staggering variety of birds and plants, or climb the dormant Mount Chato on your trip to Arenal Volcano National Park.