16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
San Jose
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Cahuita
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  24​h
End: Zurich

few
hours
San Jose

San Jose
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.
For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Jose trip planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to San Jose is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Zurich to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Zurich in February; daily highs in San Jose reach 30°C and lows reach 21°C. You will leave for Monteverde on the 29th (Sat).

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, identify plant and animal life at Valle Escondido Preserve, then look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Monteverde driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Jose to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Middle Earth Thermal Springs
Highlights from your plan
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Valle Escondido Preserve ©
Valle Escondido Preserve
Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center ©
Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center

3
nights
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
You've now added Dolphin & Whale Watching to your itinerary. Visit Playa Espadilla Norte and Playa Biesanz for some beach relaxation. Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Ventanas and Parasailing & Paragliding. When in Manuel Antonio, make a side trip to see Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store in Dominical, approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, walk around Parque Nahomi, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Manuel Antonio fast, fun, and easy.

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Dominical, Playa Ventanas
Highlights from your plan
Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte
Parasailing & Paragliding
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then identify plant and animal life at Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tarantulas Way.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cahuita online trip maker .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Cahuita by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Cahuita can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan

5
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.
For shopping fun, head to La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita or Luluberlu Art Gallery. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Punta Uva Beach and Playa Cocles. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla, experience rural life at Finca Tierra, and kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner .

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is very close to Cahuita. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Manzanillo, Talamanca Family Art
Highlights from your plan
La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Step out of the city life by going to Tortuguero National Park and Kayaking & Canoeing. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zipline and Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero trip maker tool .

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

Zipline
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Zipline
Kayaking & Canoeing

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