16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Tartu
Fly:  28​h
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Tamarindo
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
Tartu

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 16th (Fri), stroll through The Bat Jungle, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and finally stop by Hummingbird Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip planner .

Tartu, Estonia to Monteverde is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tartu to Monteverde is minus 8 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Playas del Coco.

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The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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 18th (Sun): meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience and then stop by Sea Hag Clothing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, then view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Playas del Coco itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Playas del Coco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In March, daytime highs in Playas del Coco are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Shark Diving
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts ©
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts

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.
On the 20th (Tue), admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, then stop by Papaya Con Leche, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On the next day, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo online itinerary planner .

Drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Tamarindo sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Spas

Side Trip

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Spas & Wellness
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Carmen.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can ride a ferry to Manuel Antonio.

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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas & Wellness
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Playa Biesanz and Spas & Wellness. Venture out of the city with trips to Uvita Beach (in Uvita) and Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store (in Dominical). The adventure continues: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio and look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio journey planner.

Getting from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio by ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. In March, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Uvita Beach, Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, Meli Melo Boutique
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. On the 29th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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

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