16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Monteverde
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
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Uvita
— 2 nights
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Quepos
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Monteverde

— 1 night
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Aguti Monteverde - Wildlife Reserve, relax and rejuvenate at Monteverde Massage Center, then explore by horseback at Finca el Rodeo, and finally admire the masterpieces at Chorotega Arts & Crafts. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, then stroll through Valle Escondido Preserve, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Monteverde online vacation planner.

Santa Teresa to Monteverde is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, relax and rejuvenate at Indulgence Spa, then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manzanillo. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, head outdoors with Nature Riders, then stroll through Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve, and finally stroll through Ara Manzanillo.

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Traveling by car from Monteverde to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Uvita

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take a memorable tour with Ultralight Tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Oro Verde Biological Reserve, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally get outside with Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Santa Lucia Falls, then look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Uvita trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Quepos.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Quepos

— 2 nights
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
On the 5th (Fri), cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Costa Rica, take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty, then whizz through the canopy at Zip Coaster, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Espadilla Norte. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Palo Seco Beach, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then kick back and relax at La Playita.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Quepos trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Uvita to Quepos in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Santa Teresa

— 2 nights
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa, surround yourself with nature on Costa Rican Tropical Tours, then head outdoors with Taboo Beach Club, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen, admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally view the masterpieces at Bri'ah Art Gallery.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa trip planner.

Getting from Quepos to Santa Teresa by ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Samara

— 2 nights
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): kick back and relax at Samara Beach, admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then kick back and relax at Playa Buena Vista, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Koss Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: catch all the local highlights with Wingnuts Canopy Tours, then get outside with Equisol Retreats CR, SRL, then take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, and finally see exotic creatures in open habitats at Nosara Riversafari - Tours.

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Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Tamarindo

— 1 night
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally glide peacefully along the water with Mojo Surf Adventures.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip planner.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Beaches

Side Trip

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.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bogarin Trail and Paradise Hot Springs. Change things up with a short trip to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo (about 38 minutes away). There's lots more to do: stroll through Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, get outside with Flow Trips, trek along Arenal 1968 Trail, and take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip app.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to take a shuttle back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.