16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica planner

Make it your trip
Fly to San Jose, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive
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Quepos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa Flamingo
— 2 nights
Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Prague

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online travel planner.

Prague, Czech Republic to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Prague to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 17th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tortuguero trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Cahuita National Park. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Puerto Viejo and stroll through Nature Observatorio.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Quepos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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 21st (Sun), stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Safari Adventures. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Quepos online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Quepos takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Monteverde

— 2 nights
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 23rd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Quepos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Playa Flamingo

— 2 nights

White Beach

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
On the 25th (Thu), do sightseeing your way with Private Tours and then tee off at Reserva Conchal Golf Course. Here are some ideas for day two: tee off at Garra de Leon Golf Course and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Playa Flamingo attractions site.

Getting from Monteverde to Playa Flamingo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Outdoors · Golf · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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.