16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Denver
+3
train + foot + Fly + shuttle:  12​h
1
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Turrialba
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
San Jose
— 2 nights
6
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
+4
bus + shuttle + Fly + foot + train:  11​h
End: Denver

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santa Elena Skywalk and Ecological Sanctuary. Visiting Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Monteverde Frog Pond will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde route maker site .

Denver, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Denver to Monteverde due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Zipline
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) 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)

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Manuel Antonio and MidWorld Costa Rica. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, relax in the rural setting at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, and stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. April in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Turrialba.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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

1
night
Turrialba

Turrialba ©
On the 16th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Guayabo National Park and Monument.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Turrialba day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Turrialba in 4.5 hours. April in Turrialba sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 67°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Turrialba

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Guayabo National Park and Monument ©
Guayabo National Park and Monument

2
nights
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 17th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), and finally stop by Chieton Moren. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and then don't miss a visit to Mercado Nacional de Artesanias.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose journey builder site .

Traveling by car from Turrialba to San Jose takes 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Shopping
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National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

2
nights
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 19th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from San Jose to Tamarindo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Jose in April, things will get a bit warmer in Tamarindo: highs are around 95°F and lows about 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura

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