17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Jose
— 1 night
2
Monteverde
— 3 nights
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
4
Puerto Limon
— 3 nights
5
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
6
San Jose
— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and then walk around Parque La Sabana.

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San Francisco, USA to San Jose is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to San Jose. Traveling from San Francisco in September, San Jose is somewhat warmer at night with lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Museums
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Parque La Sabana ©
Parque La Sabana
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

3
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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde online day trip planner.

You can drive from San Jose to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

3
nights
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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Puerto Limon.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 14:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs

3
nights
Puerto Limon

Puerto Limon ©
Puerto Limon is known for parks, adventure, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Buttercup Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Bonita, explore the activities along Tortuguero Canal, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Puerto Limon road trip planning website.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Limon by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Puerto Limon can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Limon

Parks Outdoors Adventure
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Tortuguero Canal ©
Tortuguero Canal
Zipline
Playa Bonita ©
Playa Bonita

4
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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, push the limits with Skydive Costa Rica, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Limon to Manuel Antonio takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Skydive Costa Rica ©
Skydive Costa Rica

1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, thenpick up some local products at Mercado Municipal De Artesanias, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Jose online travel planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to San Jose by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Outdoors Adventure
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
River Rafting & Tubing

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