16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Muscat
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  29​h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Tortuguero
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  29​h
End: Muscat

3
nights
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, parks, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get interesting insight from Tours, witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and ride a horse along Arenal Wilberth Stables.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Muscat, Oman to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 29-hour flight. Traveling from Muscat to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
Tamarindo

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 20th (Thu), stroll through Playa Conchal and then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo tour planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
Highlights from your plan
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then admire the sheer force of San Luis Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

San Luis Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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.
Kids will enjoy Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Pack the 26th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Rancho Tipico Don Juan. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio attractions app .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero holiday planning app .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In June in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

1
night
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca trip builder .

You can drive from Tortuguero to Vara Blanca in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens

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