16 days in Costa Rica & Calgary Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica & Calgary Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica & Calgary Itinerary

Start: Edmonton, Canada
Drive:  3​h 15​min
1
Calgary, Canada
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
2
Liberia, Costa Rica
— 1 day
bus:  1​h
3
Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica
— 1 night
4
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
5
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 1 night
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
7
El Castillo, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Edmonton, Canada

4
nights
Calgary, Canada

Calgary ©
Known as the "Stampede City" thanks to its world-famous annual rodeo, Calgary remains a tale of two cities.
Visiting Sunshine Village and The Calgary Zoo will get you outdoors. Explore Calgary's surroundings by going to Canmore (Fireweed Glass Studio & Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre), Banff National Park (Johnston Canyon & Banff National Park) and Banff (Banff Upper Hot Springs & Bow Falls). There's more to do: head off the coast to Prince's Island Park and take in panoramic vistas at Calgary Tower.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Calgary holiday planner.

Edmonton to Calgary is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. April in Calgary sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Liberia.

Things to do in Calgary

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Banff National Park, Canmore
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 Sunshine Village ©
Sunshine Village
Johnston Canyon ©
Johnston Canyon
Bow Falls ©
Bow Falls

1
day
Liberia, Costa Rica

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.
On the 12th (Wed), examine the collection at Museo de Guanacaste, head outdoors with Waterfall in Liberia, Costa Rica, and then admire the sheer force of Llanos de Cortez Waterfall.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Liberia holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Calgary to Liberia with the Route module. Traveling from Calgary to Liberia, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Calgary in April, with highs in Liberia at 41°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in Liberia

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
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Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Museo de Guanacaste ©
Museo de Guanacaste

1
night
Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
On the 13th (Thu), find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Playa Flamingo online itinerary creator.

Traveling by bus from Liberia to Playa Flamingo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In April in Playa Flamingo, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

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 14th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal, look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, and finally head outdoors with Sol Eco Adventures. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, and then explore and take pictures at Kingpin Sportfishing.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo itinerary planner.

Tamarindo is just a short distance from Playa Flamingo. In April, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

1
night
San Jose, Costa Rica

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 16th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Tamarindo to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In April, San Jose is little chillier than Tamarindo - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Shopping
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National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and Lake Arenal.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation trip planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to El Castillo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
El Castillo, Costa Rica

El Castillo ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take in the views from Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Arenal Eco Zoo, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Conservatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our El Castillo trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to El Castillo in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in El Castillo

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Monteverde, Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park
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Arenal Eco Zoo ©
Arenal Eco Zoo
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

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