16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Geneva
Fly + bus:  20​h 30​min
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Nosara
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  21​h 30​min
Geneva

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): stop by Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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Paris, France to Monteverde is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight, taxi, bus, and shuttle. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Paris to Monteverde due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Monteverde

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

2
days
Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa. On the next day, see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

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You can drive from Monteverde to Playas del Coco in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in June, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Fishing Charters & Tours
Shark Diving

few
hours
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
On the 6th (Wed), kick back and relax at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) and then look for all kinds of wild species at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nosara vacation website .

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Nosara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Nosara can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Nosara

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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)

2
days
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Nosara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in June, and nighttime lows around 27°C. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Uvita.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Costa Rica Sailing Center
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

2
days
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.
On your second day here, stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, then identify plant and animal life at Hacienda Baru, and then kick back and relax at Uvita Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Uvita travel itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Tamarindo to Uvita in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Dominical, Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica, Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena
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Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

2
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.
On the 12th (Tue), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, and then stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio day trip planning website .

Getting from Uvita to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Spas & Wellness

2
days
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.
On the 14th (Thu), hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park and then relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Ecocentro Danaus, then take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus

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