17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Rincon de La Vieja
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
San Gerardo de Dota
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Cahuita
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
7
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

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 Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. Spend the 9th (Fri) among the fascinating landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos custom trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rincon de La Vieja.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

1
night
Rincon de La Vieja

Rincon de La Vieja ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rincon de La Vieja National Park.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rincon de La Vieja trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Rincon de La Vieja takes 3.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Rincon de La Vieja National Park
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Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park

2
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.
On the 12th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde travel planner.

You can drive from Rincon de La Vieja to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio National Park.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Zipline
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena

3
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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 14th (Wed): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, take in breathtaking views at MidWorld Costa Rica, and then stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio National Park sightseeing planner.

Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. In June, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio National Park can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to San Gerardo de Dota.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
River Rafting & Tubing
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

2
nights
San Gerardo de Dota

San Gerardo de Dota ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Los Cusingos Neotropical Bird Sanctuary and then identify plant and animal life at Cloudbridge Nature Reserve. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Savegre Reserve, stop by Dantica Gallery, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Gerardo de Dota trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio National Park to San Gerardo de Dota takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Cahuita.

Things to do in San Gerardo de Dota

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Savegre Reserve, Cloudbridge Nature Reserve, Los Cusingos Neotropical Bird Sanctuary
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Cloudbridge Nature Reserve ©
Cloudbridge Nature Reserve
Dantica Gallery ©
Dantica Gallery

2
nights
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
On the 18th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cahuita trip generator.

You can drive from San Gerardo de Dota to Cahuita in 5.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Gerardo de Dota to Cahuita due to the time zone difference. June in Cahuita sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 78°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
River Rafting & Tubing

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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Chiquita and then enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Veragua Rainforest Park and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca itinerary builder.

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is just a short distance from Cahuita. In June, daytime highs in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Veragua Rainforest Park
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Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita
Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge ©

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