16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
Fly:  28​h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Christchurch

3
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 River Rafting & Tubing and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Butterfly Conservatory and Onirica Art Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs and hike along Ecocentro Danaus.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning tool .

Christchurch, New Zealand to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -18 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
River Rafting & Tubing

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and La Playita. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio online visit planner .

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. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in June, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Uvita

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, then stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall. On the next day, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then stroll through Uvita Beach.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Uvita trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Uvita

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trip

Dominical
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

2
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.
On the 29th (Fri), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde travel route planner .

Do a combination of bus and shuttle from Uvita to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Zipline

2
nights
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 2nd (Mon), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then look for gifts at EK Art Jewelry, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, then look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Park, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip planning website .

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 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Spas

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura

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