17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica vacation planner

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Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Rincon de La Vieja
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Rincon de La Vieja
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dominical
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bajos del Toro
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 1 night
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Rincon de La Vieja

— 2 nights
You've now added Sensoria Land of Senses to your itinerary. On the 22nd (Wed), witness a stunning natural landmark at Rio Negro Hot Springs. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Sensoria Land of Senses.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rincon de La Vieja trip planner.

Montreal, Canada to Rincon de La Vieja is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Montreal to Rincon de La Vieja, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Montreal in December, with highs in Rincon de La Vieja at 32°C and lows at 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ecocentro Danaus as well as Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, and take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos visit website.

Drive from Rincon de La Vieja to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Monteverde online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Dominical.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

Dominical

— 5 nights
The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Dominicalito Beach, Manuel Antonio National Park, Sunset Surf Dominical - Day Lessons, and other attractions. Take a break from Dominical with a short trip to Playa Manuel Antonio in Manuel Antonio, about 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Dominical trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Dominical in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. You will leave for Bajos del Toro on the 3rd (Mon).

Things to do in Dominical

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bajos del Toro

— 2 nights
Catarata Del Toro Adventures has been added to your itinerary. On the 4th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Poas Volcano, then take in the local highlights with Doka Estate Coffee Tour, and then take in the pleasant sights at Parque Central De Grecia. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Catarata Rio Agrio and then get in touch with nature with Catarata Del Toro Adventures.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Bajos del Toro online trip builder.

Drive from Dominical to Bajos del Toro in 4 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Bajos del Toro can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Bajos del Toro

Parks · Tours · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

San Jose

— 1 night
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.
To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Jose trip planner.

You can drive from Bajos del Toro to San Jose in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. On the 6th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

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.