17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Portland
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  14​h 30​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Portland

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): stroll through Playa Conchal and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: play a few rounds at Hacienda Pinilla Golf Club and then stroll through Playa Avellana.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tamarindo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Portland, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Portland to Tamarindo, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Portland in April, things will get warmer in Tamarindo: highs are around 95°F and lows about 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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 30th (Mon), meet the residents at The Bat Jungle and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Monteverde attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Adventure
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

5
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.
Visiting Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, trek along Ecocentro Danaus, identify plant and animal life at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation website .

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Take a break from the city and head to MidWorld Costa Rica and Hacienda Baru. There's still lots to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio day trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. May in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trip

Hacienda Baru
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca ©
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 11th (Fri), look for gifts at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then identify plant and animal life at La Paz Waterfall Gardens. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Los Chorros Waterfalls and then get impressive views of Poas Volcano.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Vara Blanca sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 66°F at night. You will leave for home on the 13th (Sun).

Things to do in Vara Blanca

#Nature, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trips

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, Los Chorros Waterfalls, Poas Volcano
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Los Chorros Waterfalls ©
Los Chorros Waterfalls

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