16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  12​h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Playas del Coco
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Montreal

1
night
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.
On the 9th (Sun), look for gifts at Galeria Aguas Verdes, identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Conservatory, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park. On your second day here, delve into the lush surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio, then take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Montreal, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
Highlights from your plan
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Chiquita and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach.

Discover how to plan a Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach

2
nights
Uvita

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Visiting Uvita Beach and Nauyaca Waterfalls will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Magic Ananda. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Ventanas, stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Uvita day trip planning tool .

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Dominical, Playa Ventanas
Highlights from your plan
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Nauyaca Waterfalls ©
Nauyaca Waterfalls

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 16th (Sun), admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, then identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas) and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Wild Hikes.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Uvita to Monteverde by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Monteverde can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Monteverde Wild Hikes ©
Monteverde Wild Hikes
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk

2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 18th (Tue), explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then take in the exciting artwork at Con Mucho Gusto, and finally look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa. Here are some ideas for day two: push the limits with an extreme tour, stop by EK Art Jewelry, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Lydia Beech Art Boutique.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Tamarindo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Lydia Beech Art Boutique ©
Lydia Beech Art Boutique

4
nights
Playas del Coco

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco and Alessandra Cola Art. Step out of the city life by going to Zipline and Llanos de Cortez Waterfall. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, cast your line with a fishing tour, and take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Playas del Coco day trip website .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Scuba & Snorkeling

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