16 days in Costa Rica & Nicaragua Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica & Nicaragua Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica & Nicaragua Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  14​h 45​min
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Granada, Nicaragua
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: London, United Kingdom

3
nights
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.
On the 17th (Sat), view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

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London, UK to San Jose is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to San Jose is minus 6 hours. Traveling from London in March, things will get much hotter in San Jose: highs are around 31°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles)
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Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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.
Spend the 21st (Wed) on the water with a fishing tour. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and stroll through Playa Biesanz.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio journey website .

Getting from San Jose to Manuel Antonio by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Fishing Charters & Tours

5
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, trails, parks, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, get interesting insight from Tours, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecocentro Danaus.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Granada, Nicaragua

Granada ©
The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): head off the coast to Islets of Granada and then explore the activities along Laguna de Apoyo.

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Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Granada takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. In March in Granada, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Granada

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Apoyo
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Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Apoyo
Apoyo
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

1
night
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

San Juan del Sur ©
Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Juan del Sur day trip site .

Getting from Granada to San Juan del Sur by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Granada in March: highs in San Juan del Sur hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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San Juan del Sur Beach ©
San Juan del Sur Beach
Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia ©

2
nights
Monteverde, Costa Rica

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 30th (Fri): look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the next day, stroll through Curi Cancha Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Bat Jungle, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Monteverde driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from San Juan del Sur to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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