16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Liberia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Rincon de La Vieja
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
3
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive:  9​h 15​min
4
Drake Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Pittsburgh

1
night
Liberia

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.
On the 21st (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Llanos de Cortez Waterfall and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Liberia trip itinerary planner.

Pittsburgh, USA to Liberia is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Pittsburgh in December, expect Liberia to be warmer, temps between 82°F and 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Rincon de La Vieja.

Things to do in Liberia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
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Zipline
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

4
nights
Rincon de La Vieja

Rincon de La Vieja ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rincon de La Vieja: Bijagua de Upala (Las Aves de Tierras Altas & Bijagua Ranas), Rio Perdido (in Bagaces) and Rio Celeste (in Tenorio Volcano National Park).

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rincon de La Vieja itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Liberia to Rincon de La Vieja takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Rincon de La Vieja are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Bijagua de Upala, Rincon de La Vieja National Park, Rio Perdido, Rio Celeste
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Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Rio Celeste ©
Rio Celeste
Rio Negro Hot Springs ©
Rio Negro Hot Springs

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Samara Beach (in Playa Samara), Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo). There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Playa Avellana, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Park.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo day trip app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Rincon de La Vieja to Tamarindo in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in December, and nighttime lows around 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Samara Beach, Playa Conchal, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
Drake Bay

Drake Bay ©
Step out of Drake Bay with an excursion to Corcovado National Park in Carate--about 1h 15 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 1st (Wed) at Cano Island. Make the 3rd (Fri) an awe-inspiring day at Naturaseekers.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Drake Bay trip planner.

Drive from Tamarindo to Drake Bay in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Corcovado National Park
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Corcovado National Park ©
Corcovado National Park
Cano Island ©
Cano Island
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
San Jose

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 4th (Sat): stop by Holalola Souvenir Shop.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Jose online road trip planner .

Drive from Drake Bay to San Jose in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in January, and nighttime lows around 65°F. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Shopping

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