17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Stockholm
Fly:  30​h
1
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Montezuma
— 3 nights
drive:  2​h
3
Gulf of Papagayo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Tenorio Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  30​h
End: Stockholm

1
night
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.
For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Jose trip planner .

Stockholm, Sweden to San Jose is an approximately 30-hour flight. Traveling from Stockholm to San Jose, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Stockholm in March, things will get much hotter in San Jose: highs are around 31°C and lows about 22°C. You'll set off for Montezuma on the 27th (Tue).

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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3
nights
Montezuma

Montezuma ©
With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Montezuma: Santa Teresa (Playa Hermosa, Playa Santa Teresa, & more) and Tortuga Island (in Punta Arenas). There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Montezuma Falls and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Montezuma trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from San Jose to Montezuma takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Gulf of Papagayo.

Things to do in Montezuma

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Teresa, Tortuga Island
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 30:
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls
Tortuga Island ©
Tortuga Island

3
nights
Gulf of Papagayo

Gulf of Papagayo ©
A concerted development project by the government given Gulf of Papagayo a growing number of luxury and all inclusive resort complexes and turned it into one of the country's leading holiday destinations.
Explore Gulf of Papagayo's surroundings by going to Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal), Playas del Coco (Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts & Shark Diving) and The Monkey Farm (in Playa Ocotal). There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, and stroll through Playa Hermosa.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Gulf of Papagayo trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Montezuma to Gulf of Papagayo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. March in Gulf of Papagayo sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Tenorio Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Gulf of Papagayo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, The Monkey Farm, Playa Avellana, Playa Conchal, Playa Hermosa
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 2:
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

2
nights
Tenorio Volcano National Park

Tenorio Volcano National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): explore the activities along Rio Celeste.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tenorio Volcano National Park travel route app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gulf of Papagayo to Tenorio Volcano National Park. In April, daily temperatures in Tenorio Volcano National Park can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tenorio Volcano National Park

Parks Nature
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Rio Celeste ©
Rio Celeste

1
night
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 4th (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs and then trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

Planning La Fortuna de San Carlos trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tenorio Volcano National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Thu) before leaving for Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Spas Nature
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

3
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca visit planner .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is 1 hour. In April, daily temperatures in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Cahuita
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Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

1
night
San Jose

On the 8th (Sun), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), and then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose. Expect slightly colder evenings in San Jose when traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in April, with lows around 22°C. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Adventure Museums Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

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