17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Boston
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  11​h 15​min
1
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Playa Samara
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
7
San Jose
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Boston

3
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.
Visit Tamarindo Beach and Playa Avellana for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Playa Conchal and Playa Hermosa. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, and look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo online trip itinerary planner .

Boston, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Boston to Tamarindo due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Playa Hermosa
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

1
night
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach and then kick back and relax at Samara Beach.

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Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then shop like a local with Arte Jaguar Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Monteverde driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

4
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at River Rafting & Tubing and La Fortuna Waterfall. Head to Tabacon Hot Springs and Galeria Aguas Verdesfor some retail therapy. Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), trek along Arenal 1968 Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

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
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tortuguero trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

1
night
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 4th (Tue): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Tours.

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

You can drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
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.
On the 6th (Thu), stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, and then view the masterpieces at Museo Dr. Rafael Calderon Guardia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): buy something for everyone on your list at Avenida Escazu and then contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. June in San Jose sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 67°F at night. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Escazu, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Poas Volcano
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
J.LANG Atelier & Showroom ©
J.LANG Atelier & Showroom
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

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