16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly + shuttle:  11​h
1
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Tamarindo
— 1 night
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  3​h 30​min
5
San Jose
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: New York City

3
nights
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.
On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde trip itinerary builder site .

New York City, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 11-hour combination of bus, flight, and car. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Monteverde due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

1
night
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, trek along Ecocentro Danaus, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the shuttle to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
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 16th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park. Keep things going the next day: tour the water at your own pace with Tortuguero Adventures and then examine the collection at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero trip planner.

You can take a shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 6 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to take a shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
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Tortuguero Adventures
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

1
night
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 18th (Sat): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then don't miss a visit to Mercado Nacional de Artesanias. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and finally stroll through Parque La Sabana.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip itinerary planning site .

Take a shuttle from Tortuguero to San Jose in 3.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tortuguero in August; daily highs in San Jose reach 81°F and lows reach 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Outdoors Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

3
nights
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, nature, nightlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, look for all kinds of wild species at MidWorld Costa Rica, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio online trip builder .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

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