17 days in Miami & Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Miami & Costa Rica Itinerary

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17 days in Miami & Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Canada
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Miami, United States
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h
2
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Montreal, Canada

1
day
Miami, United States

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, steep yourself in history at Deering Estate, and then wander the streets of Lincoln Road.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Miami road trip site .

Montreal, Canada to Miami is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January, Miami is warmer than Montreal - with highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Miami

Parks Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Lincoln Road
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Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
Deering Estate ©
Deering Estate
Walking tours

1
night
San Jose, Costa Rica

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design and then stop by Chieton Moren.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Miami to San Jose takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Miami to San Jose, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in San Jose

Shopping Museums
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Chieton Moren ©
Chieton Moren
Museum of Contemporary Art and Design ©

6
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at San Juanillo Beach and Playa Blanca ( White Beach ). For shopping fun, head to EK Art Jewelry or Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Off-Road Tours (in Playa Conchal), Shark Diving (in Playas del Coco) and Nosara (Nosara Refuge for Wildlife & SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Danta, admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, and stroll through Puerto Carrillo.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Tamarindo road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from San Jose to Tamarindo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You will leave for Monteverde on the 21st (Tue).

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Nosara, Liberia, Las Baulas National Marine Park, San Juanillo Beach
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Shark Diving
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary

2
nights
Monteverde, Costa Rica

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.
You've now added Monteverde Extremo Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center, then get the adrenaline pumping with Monteverde Extremo Park, and finally explore the galleries of Alas y Raices. On your second day here, stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, then stroll through Aguti Monteverde - Wildlife Reserve, and finally get engrossed in the history at Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 23rd (Thu), you're off toLa Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Shopping
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Monteverde Extremo Park ©
Monteverde Extremo Park
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and Butterfly Conservatory. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Galeria Aguas Verdes and Wood & Art Gallery. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos, and contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano).

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip tool .

Drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, Costa Rica

Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui ©
La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens has been added to your itinerary. On the 26th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park, take in the natural beauty of Bio Thermales Hot Springs, and then walk around Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve and Adventure Park. On the next day, stroll through La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens, then experience rural life at Finca Sura, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Sarapiqui River.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui trip planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Sarapiqui River, La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens, Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park, Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve and Adventure Park, Bio Thermales Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Toucan Rescue Ranch, get impressive views of Poas Volcano, then make a trip to Plaza Juan Mora Fernandez, then catch a live performance at Teatro Nacional Costa Rica, and finally browse the exhibits of Galeria Namu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana), look for gifts at Tienda eNe, then hike along Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co..

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose day trip planning app .

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui to San Jose by car takes about 2 hours. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Toucan Rescue Ranch, Poas Volcano
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo ©
Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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