17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  10​h
1
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
7
Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Minneapolis

2
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.
On the 11th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana, enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and then look for gifts at Lydia Beech Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Conchal.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo road trip planner.

Minneapolis, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

1
night
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): stroll through Playa Hermosa and then kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

2
nights
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

2
nights
Monteverde

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Monteverde trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Playa Samara to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Zipline
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio, and explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Visiting MidWorld Costa Rica and Waterskiing & Jetskiing will get you outdoors. Make the 24th (Sun) an awe-inspiring day at Naturalist Michael Araya Flores. There's much more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and stroll through Parque Nahomi.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio attractions planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

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

2
nights
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): trek along Catarata Rio Agrio and then take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Poas Volcano National Park trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to Poas Volcano National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Catarata Rio Agrio
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Catarata Rio Agrio ©
Catarata Rio Agrio

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