16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Quebec City
Fly + shuttle:  14​h 45​min
1
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
ferry:  4​h
4
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
6
Liberia
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Quebec City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde road trip app .

Quebec City, Canada to Monteverde is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Quebec City to Monteverde due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

4
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 Tabacon Hot Springs. There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, stroll through Ecocentro Danaus, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough 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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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Manuel Antonio and MidWorld Costa Rica. There's lots more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planner .

You can 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. February in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for the ferry ride to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

2
nights
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
On the 15th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa, and then look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Santa Teresa journey planner .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa by ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

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.
Visiting Tamarindo Beach and Playa Conchal will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana, admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in February, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Liberia.

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

2
nights
Liberia

Liberia ©
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, stop by Souvenirs La gran Nicoya, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Liberia trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Tamarindo to Liberia in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Liberia are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Liberia

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Souvenirs La gran Nicoya ©
Souvenirs La gran Nicoya

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