16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica attractions planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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San Jose
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 3 nights
Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to Barranquilla

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Monteverde

— 2 nights
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 16th (Thu), look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde road trip tool.

Barranquilla, Colombia to Monteverde is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barranquilla to Monteverde. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

Tamarindo

— 2 nights
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 18th (Sat): get interesting insight from Tours, stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo trip maker.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 nights
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 24th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

San Jose

— 1 night
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 25th (Sat): get a tailor-made plan with Top Travel Costa Rica, then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Tortuguero to San Jose by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Tortuguero in June, things will get slightly colder in San Jose: highs are around 32°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Wildlife · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Manuel Antonio

— 2 nights
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 26th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find out how to plan a trip to Manuel Antonio, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Jaco

— 3 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Jaco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Jaco trip itinerary website.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.