17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  14​h 15​min
San Jose
— 4 nights
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Zurich

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park), Zoo Ave (in Alajuela) and La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca). And it doesn't end there: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum, look for gifts at Chieton Moren, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional).

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose online trip itinerary builder .

Zurich, Switzerland to San Jose is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to San Jose is minus 7 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in March: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 31°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Zoo Ave, J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, Poas Volcano, La Paz Waterfall Gardens
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing

2
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.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, nightlife, nature, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, stop by Super Joseth, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio vacation planner .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to 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
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
River Rafting & Tubing

5
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, shop like a local with Onirica Art Gallery, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos visit planning app .

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 up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

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
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
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 9th (Mon), admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip planner .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Shopping
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Conchal and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach. On the next day, explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, then stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, and finally stop by Diamante Boutique.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. In April, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

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