16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Amsterdam
Fly:  28​h
San Jose
— 1 night
shuttle:  2​h 30​min
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Sarapiqui
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Cano Negro
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Tenorio Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Carate
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Uvita
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
Dominical
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
Manuel Antonio
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  28​h
Amsterdam

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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.
To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose tour planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to San Jose is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in July: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 30°C and lows are around 23°C. You will leave for Tortuguero on the 9th (Sun).

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Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then get a new perspective on things with Tortuguero Adventures, and then examine the collection at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero vacation trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Jose to Tortuguero takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 23°C at night. On the 11th (Tue), you'll travel to Sarapiqui.

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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
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Tortuguero Adventures
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

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Sarapiqui

Sarapiqui ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the activities along Sarapiqui River.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sarapiqui holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tortuguero to Sarapiqui. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cano Negro.

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Sarapiqui River
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Sarapiqui River ©
Sarapiqui River
Pierella Ecological Garden ©
Pierella Ecological Garden

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Cano Negro

Cano Negro ©
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Bio Thermales Hot Springs, then enjoy some diversion at Termales Agua hermosa, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Ciudad Quesada.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cano Negro trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Sarapiqui to Cano Negro in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. You will leave for Tenorio Volcano National Park on the 14th (Fri).

Things to do in Cano Negro

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Side Trips

Catedral de Ciudad Quesada, Bio Thermales Hot Springs, Termales Agua hermosa
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Bio Thermales Hot Springs ©
Bio Thermales Hot Springs
Catedral de Ciudad Quesada ©
Catedral de Ciudad Quesada
Termales Agua hermosa ©
Termales Agua hermosa

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Tenorio Volcano National Park

Tenorio Volcano National Park ©
On the 14th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Celeste. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Rio Perdido and then get impressive views of Miravalles Volcano.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tenorio Volcano National Park vacation trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cano Negro to Tenorio Volcano National Park. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Cano Negro in July; daily highs in Tenorio Volcano National Park reach 38°C and lows reach 27°C. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tenorio Volcano National Park

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Side Trips

Miravalles Volcano, Rio Perdido, Cataratas Viento Fresco
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Miravalles Volcano ©
Miravalles Volcano
Rio Celeste ©
Rio Celeste

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at San Luis Waterfall, identify plant and animal life at Valle Escondido Preserve, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Tenorio Volcano National Park to Monteverde with the Route module. You will leave for Uvita on the 18th (Tue).

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Valle Escondido Preserve ©
Valle Escondido Preserve
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

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Uvita

Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Uvita itinerary planner.

Getting from Monteverde to Uvita by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Carate.

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Carate

Carate
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Drive from Uvita to Carate in 4.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Uvita to Carate is 2 hours. You'll set off for Uvita on the 19th (Wed).

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Uvita

Uvita ©
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Drive from Carate to Uvita in 4.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Carate to Uvita is minus 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Dominical.

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Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

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Dominical

Dominical ©
The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Dominical tour planner.

Dominical is just a short distance from Uvita. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio National Park.

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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio National Park tour planner.

You can drive from Dominical to Manuel Antonio National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to San Jose.

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San Jose

San Jose
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Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Manuel Antonio National Park to San Jose takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll travel back home.

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