16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose
bus + taxi:  30​min
1
Alajuela
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Paquera
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
San Jose
— 2 nights
End: San Jose

2
nights
Alajuela

Alajuela
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Poas Volcano as well as La Paz Waterfall Gardens. On the 21st (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Poas Volcano and then admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Alajuela itinerary maker.

San Jose to Alajuela is an approximately half hour shuttle ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In April in Alajuela, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Alajuela

#Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, La Paz Waterfall Gardens
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Parque Nacional Volcan Arenal as well as La Fortuna Waterfall. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Volcan Arenal.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Alajuela to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature
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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): stop by Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Curi Cancha Reserve, then meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, and then snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde itinerary maker.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
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Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

3
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Conchal. Get in touch with nature at Playa Avellana and Scuba & Snorkeling.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo online itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Paquera.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Playa Conchal
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

1
night
Paquera

Paquera
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): head off the coast to Tortuga Island.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Paquera trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Tamarindo to Paquera by car takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Paquera

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
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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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices will get you outdoors.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Paquera to Manuel Antonio in 5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

2
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Toucan Rescue Ranch has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Toucan Rescue Ranch.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Jose trip planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio National Park to San Jose by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. On the 1st (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trip

Toucan Rescue Ranch
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch

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