17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

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Liberia
— 1 day
Drive
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Dominical
— 5 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tenorio Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Liberia
— 6 nights

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Liberia

— 1 day

White City

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): explore the world behind art at ArtWood Museum, identify plant and animal life at Rincon de la Vieja Mountain Lodge Canopy Tour, and then look for gifts at Nahua.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Liberia trip planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Juan Santamaría International Airport and Tobías Bolaños International Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Liberia can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Dominical.

Things to do in Liberia

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge and Kokopelli. Explore hidden gems such as Playa Espadilla Norte and Parque Reptilandia. Get out of town with these interesting Dominical side-trips: La Playita (in Quepos) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Ballena). There's still lots to do: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Matapalo, soothe aching muscles at Danyasa Eco-Retreat - Bamboo Yoga Play Studio, and look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Dominical road trip planning site.

Getting from Liberia to Dominical by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Dominical

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Get in touch with nature at Bogarin Trail and Paradise Hot Springs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Butterfly Conservatory and Coffee & Tea Tours. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Wilberth Stables, hike along Arenal 1968 Volcano View & Trails, and browse the exhibits of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos planner.

Drive from Dominical to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tenorio Volcano National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Tenorio Volcano National Park

— 1 night
Plan trip to Tenorio Volcano National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tenorio Volcano National Park takes 1.5 hours. On the 7th (Fri), you'll travel to Liberia.

Things to do in Tenorio Volcano National Park

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife

Liberia

— 6 nights

White City

Get in touch with nature at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands and ConnectOcean. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tio Leo Coffee Tour,a real cultural experience and Papagayo Floating and Canopy Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica Golf Course (in Gulf of Papagayo), Playa Dantita (in Las Catalinas) and Four Seasons Golf Club (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). Enjoy Liberia some more: push the limits with an extreme tour, browse the exhibits of Hidden Garden Art Gallery, head outdoors with The Canon Lodge, Costa Rica, and take in the exciting artwork at Costa Rica'n Art Craft.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Liberia trip itinerary website.

Drive from Tenorio Volcano National Park to Liberia in 2 hours.

Things to do in Liberia

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Golf

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.