17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
+2
train + Fly + shuttle:  17​h 15​min
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Nosara
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + ferry:  4​h 45​min
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  16​h
End: Amsterdam

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): stop by Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Monteverde is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight, taxi, bus, and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Monteverde is minus 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Zipline

2
nights
Playas del Coco

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
On the 27th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Playa Hermosa and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Playas del Coco trip builder .

You can drive from Monteverde to Playas del Coco in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In April, daytime highs in Playas del Coco are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
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Shark Diving
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by Papaya Con Leche, and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal.

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Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Tamarindo can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Nosara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

1
night
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): try for a hole-in-one at Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara, then view the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, then identify plant and animal life at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Nosara trip planner .

Getting from Tamarindo to Nosara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in May, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Uvita.

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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
Uvita

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Hacienda Baru, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall and then stroll through Uvita Beach.

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Do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry from Nosara to Uvita in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Dominical
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Butterfly Conservatory and Ecocentro Danaus. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Onirica Art Gallery. There's lots more to do: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano).

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
River Rafting & Tubing

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