16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Manzanillo
— 2 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
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Cahuita
— 2 nights
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San Jose
— 2 nights

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Tamarindo

— 3 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Playa Danta. Take a break from the city and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and browse the exhibits of Lydia Beech Art Boutique.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip builder site.

San Jose to Tamarindo is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Venado Caves and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get a sense of the local culture at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Onirica Art Gallery. Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to El Castillo to see Butterfly Conservatory about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, stroll through Senderos Los Tucanes, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Manzanillo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Manzanillo

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with Punta Uva Dive Center and then stroll through Nature Observatorio. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Nature Park Walk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manzanillo.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Manzanillo trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manzanillo in 5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Manzanillo

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Punta Uva Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Indulgence Spa, browse the exhibits of Luluberlu Art Gallery, take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla, and get outside with Nature Riders.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary planner.

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is just a stone's throw from Manzanillo. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cahuita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Cahuita

— 2 nights
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Negra and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Redfrogteam Biological Station. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on Cahuita Tours and then stroll through Tarantulas Way.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cahuita online trip itinerary builder.

Cahuita is very close to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. In October, daytime highs in Cahuita are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Cahuita

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): play a few rounds at Tee Times Costa Rica Golf Tours, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, and then see Carpe Chepe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and finally browse the exhibits of Galeria Namu.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose vacation tool.

Getting from Cahuita to San Jose by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cahuita in October: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 31°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Museums · Nightlife · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.