16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central America vacation planner

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Tortuguero
— 2 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
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Drake Bay
— 3 nights
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Golfito
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 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: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, look for gifts at Galeria Aguas Verdes, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder website.

San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 2.5-hour shuttle ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. On the 18th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Tortuguero

— 2 nights

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 18th (Tue), examine the collection at Sea Turtle Conservancy. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero online tour itinerary planner.

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 May, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 3 nights

Walaba

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.
Spend the 21st (Fri) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

To find photos and tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca holiday site.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Drake Bay

— 3 nights
Step out of Drake Bay with an excursion to Corcovado National Park in Carate--about 1h 10 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 26th (Wed) at Cano Island.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Drake Bay attractions website.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Drake Bay in 7.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Golfito.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Golfito

— 3 nights
The port town of Golfito is located in Puntarenas Province on the southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, near the border of Panama. Venture out of the city with trips to San Vito (Finca Cantaros & Las Cruces Biological Station) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Puerto Jimenez). Spend the 27th (Thu) exploring nature at Piedras Blancas National Park. It doesn't end there: go for a stroll along the water at Golfito Marina Village & Resort.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Golfito road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Golfito takes 2.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Golfito

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

4.4
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.

Province of Limon travel guide

4.4
National Parks · Nature & Wildlife Tours · Beaches
Puerto Limón, commonly known as Limón, is the capital city and main hub of Limón province, as well as of the cantón of Limón in Costa Rica. It is the sixth-largest city in Costa Rica, with a population of over 55,000, and is home of a multicultural community. Part of the community traces its roots to Italian, Jamaican and Chinese laborers who worked on a late nineteenth-century railroad project that connected San José to Puerto Limón. Until 1948, the Costa Rican government did not recognize Afro-Caribbean people as citizens and restricted their movement outside Limón province. As a result of this "travel ban", this Afro-Caribbean population became firmly established in the region, which influenced the decision to not move even after it was legally permitted. Nowadays, there is an important outflow of Limón natives who move to the country's Central Valley in search for better employment and education. The Afro-Caribbean community speaks Spanish and Limonese Creole, a creole of English.Puerto Limón contains two port terminals, Limón and Moín, which permit the shipment of Costa Rican exports as well as the anchoring of cruise ships. In 2016, the government pledged ₡93 million for a new cruise ship terminal for Puerto Limón.Health care is provided for the city by Hospital Dr. Tony Facio Castro. Two small islands, Uvita Island and Isla de Pájaros, are just offshore.HistoryColonizationChristopher Columbus first dropped anchor in Costa Rica in 1502 at Isla Uvita, just off the coast of Puerto Limón. The Atlantic coast, however, was left largely unexplored by Spanish settlers until the 19th century.

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Osa Peninsula travel guide

4.3
National Parks · Islands · Dolphin & Whale Watching
A remote area, home to half of all the country's species, Osa Peninsula attracts visitors looking for adventure in the great outdoors. Explorations of the marine environment surrounding the peninsular are among the most popular things to do on Osa Peninsula, with a wealth of dive and snorkeling sites to visit. The main town provides a jump-off point for explorations of the sandy beaches and virgin tropical rainforest of the national park, home to wild cats, scarlet macaws, frogs, snakes, monkeys, deer, sloths, tapirs, raccoons, manatees...