17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
3
Jaco
— 2 nights
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
5
San Jose
— 2 nights
6
Tortuguero
— 1 night
7
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights

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.
On the 28th (Fri), get the adrenaline pumping with Pinilla Canopy Tour, thenkick back and relax at Playa Avellana, and then look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Tours and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip planner.

Denver, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Beaches
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Pinilla Canopy Tour ©
Pinilla Canopy Tour
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Jardin de Orquideas San Bosco, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, thenrelax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can catch the shuttle to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

2
nights
Jaco

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
On the 1st (Tue), see Off-Road Tours, thenscramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Jaco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Costa Rica SUP'ers, thenget interesting insight from Tours, thenpush the limits with an extreme tour, and finally view the masterpieces at Bambu.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Jaco trip itinerary planning tool.

You can take a shuttle from Monteverde to Jaco in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Zipline
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours, thensurround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then soothe aching muscles at Yoga con Cyn.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio route builder app.

You can drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Yoga con Cyn
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, meet the residents at Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center, thentrot along with Finca Caballo Loco - Horse Tours Costa Rica, and finally relax and rejuvenate at ZENfit 506. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, thensee the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, thentake an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Jose trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In June, daytime highs in San Jose are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Finca Caballo Loco - Horse Tours Costa Rica, Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center, J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, ZENfit 506
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Museo de Arte Costarricense ©
Museo de Arte Costarricense
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tortuguero sightseeing website.

Drive from San Jose to Tortuguero in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Traveling from San Jose in June, Tortuguero is a bit warmer at night with lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

5
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Ecotermales Fortuna. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, browse the exhibits of Wood & Art Gallery, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos route tool.

Drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trip

Sky Adventures Arenal Park
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River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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