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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Santa Elena Skywalk and Art House. Get in touch with nature at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Zipline. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond, and stop by Hummingbird Gallery.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Monteverde road trip website .

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 difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal and then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Azul Profundo Boutique and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

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.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, and get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

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You can drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to 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.
Visit Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at MidWorld Costa Rica and Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices. There's more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In April, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up 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
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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 take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, then shop like a local with Galeria Namu, and finally stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, look for gifts at Chieton Moren, then explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles).

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose tour itinerary tool .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Shopping, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

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