16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Venice
Fly + shuttle:  21​h 15​min
1
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h
End: Venice

3
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Santa Elena Skywalk and Ecological Sanctuary are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Zipline. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, stop by Hummingbird Gallery, and take in the exciting artwork at Art House.

Plan my day in Monteverde using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

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 when traveling from London to Monteverde is minus 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

3
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Tamarindo

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 10th (Thu), kick back and relax at Playa Conchal and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: play a few rounds at Hacienda Pinilla Golf Club and then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. In May, daily temperatures in Tamarindo can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

5
nights
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 Tabacon Hot Springs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near La Fortuna de San Carlos: Catedral de Ciudad Quesada (in Quesada) and Butterfly Conservatory (in El Castillo). And it doesn't end there: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, get outside with Salto, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Catedral de Ciudad Quesada, Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then get a dose of the wild on MidWorld Costa Rica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio travel itinerary planner.

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. May in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

1
night
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 19th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles), and then take a stroll through Multiplaza. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Toucan Rescue Ranch and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip itinerary app .

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. In May in San Jose, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Multiplaza, Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles), Toucan Rescue Ranch
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