16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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San Jose

— 2 nights
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.
You've now added Costa Rica Expeditions to your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Souvenir Museum (in Alajuela), Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and ZENfit 506 (in San Rafael de Escazu). There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and browse the exhibits of Galeria Namu.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose route planning site.

Norfolk, USA to San Jose is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Norfolk to San Jose is minus 1 hour. In June, daytime highs in San Jose are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Plan trip to Tortuguero with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from San Jose to Tortuguero by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Jose in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Tortuguero, with lows around 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Jacamar Naturalist Tours as well as Volcano Lake Adventures. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and look for gifts at Galeria Aguas Verdes.

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Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
You've now added Selvatura Park to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at Monteverde Massage Center and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip builder.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

Jaco

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Chiclets Zipline, Costa Rica Adventure Tour and Costa Rica Holiday Rentals Tours. On your second day here, head outdoors with Costa Rica Adventure Tour and then see Costa Rica Holiday Rentals Tours.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Jaco trip planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Jaco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio

— 3 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Your day by day itinerary now includes MidWorld Costa Rica, Canopy Safari and Nature Specialist Tours. Take a break from Manuel Antonio with a short trip to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary in Dominical, about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, stroll through Playa Biesanz, and soothe aching muscles at Yoga con Cyn.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio road trip tool.

Drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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.