16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

San Francisco
+2
subway + Fly + shuttle:  14​h 30​min
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Vara Blanca
— Few hours
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
+4
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly + subway:  12​h 45​min
San Francisco

2
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.
On the 20th (Fri), look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, then meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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San Francisco, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of subway, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Monteverde due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Adventure
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Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

5
days
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

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Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) 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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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Playa Manuel Antonio and Kids Saving the Rain Forest. Pack the 30th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Rancho Tipico Don Juan. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at MidWorld Costa Rica, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and stroll through Playa Biesanz.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio online driving holiday 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 July, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Theme Parks

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Kids Saving the Rain Forest
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Kids Saving the Rain Forest ©
Kids Saving the Rain Forest

few
hours
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca ©
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Vara Blanca are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tamarindo.

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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

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 1st (Wed): find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park, and then stroll through Playa Conchal.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Vara Blanca to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Vara Blanca in July, expect Tamarindo to be a bit warmer, temps between 91°F and 74°F. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

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