16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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Jaco
— 1 night
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Monteverde
— 1 night
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Tamarindo
— 5 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana). Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, and then contemplate the long history of Ruins of the Church of Carthage.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose online holiday planner.

Toronto, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to San Jose. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in November: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites · Museums

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Find places to stay Nov 20 — 21:

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa Cocles and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary maker.

Drive from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 21 — 23:

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): see Off-Road Tours, trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and then indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour. Keep things going the next day: expand your horizons at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bogarin Trail, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

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You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 25:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Safari Adventures and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Uvita Waterfall. There's lots more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, walk around Parque Nahomi, and view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty.

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Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 28:

Jaco

— 1 night
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.
On the 29th (Mon), take a memorable tour with Tours and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Jaco trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

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Monteverde

— 1 night
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 30th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and then explore and take pictures at Ecological Sanctuary.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Monteverde attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Monteverde takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 29 — 30:

Tamarindo

— 5 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Playa Hermosa. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Off-Road Tours. Explore Tamarindo's surroundings by going to Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts (in Playas del Coco) and Liberia Airport Shuttle Service (in Liberia). There's still lots to do: wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip planning app.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 5:

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.