16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

London
Fly + taxi:  15​h 30​min
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly + bus:  1​h 15​min
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 45​min
London

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Santa Elena Skywalk and Ecological Sanctuary. Take a break from the city and head to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Zipline. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond, get a taste of the local shopping with Art House, look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, and meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Monteverde day trip app .

London, UK to Monteverde is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites
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Zipline
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

2
days
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Guaitil Pottery Studio and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo online itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. In April, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). And it doesn't end there: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs, and hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip website .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

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
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

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.
Visiting Playa Manuel Antonio and Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at MidWorld Costa Rica, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, get interesting insight from Tours, and kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio travel tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In April in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Adventure
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

2
days
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 14th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), then explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles). Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, look for gifts at Chieton Moren, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Jose trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in San Jose sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Shopping, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles)
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