16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Paris
Fly + shuttle:  19​h
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
ferry:  4​h
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  18​h 30​min
Paris

3
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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, wildlife, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Bat Jungle, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde road trip planning tool .

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. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

2
days
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, and then look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal.

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You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. May in Tamarindo sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

1
day
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
On the 7th (Mon), kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach and then kick back and relax at Samara Beach.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Playa Samara online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Playa Samara are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

1
day
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 8th (Tue): stroll through Playa Santa Teresa and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa trip itinerary app .

Getting from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Manuel Antonio.

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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio itinerary planner .

Traveling by ferry from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Spas & Wellness

4
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, and take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos journey maker .

You can 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 (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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
Ecotermales Fortuna ©
Ecotermales Fortuna
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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