17 days in New York City & Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in New York City & Costa Rica Itinerary

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17 days in New York City & Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Lisbon, Portugal
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
New York City, United States
— 1 night
+3
bus + Fly + shuttle + bus:  10​h 15​min
2
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Lisbon, Portugal

1
night
New York City, United States

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read New York City trip itinerary maker .

Lisbon, Portugal to New York City is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Lisbon in April, with highs in New York City at 19°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in New York City

Historic Sites Shopping
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St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Chelsea Market ©
Chelsea Market

2
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo itinerary planner.

You can fly from New York City to Tamarindo in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Tamarindo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

2
nights
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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 23rd (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, kick back and relax at Playa Carmen, and then look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Santa Teresa online trip builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (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
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen

2
nights
Playa Samara, Costa Rica

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa Garza and Nosara Refuge for Wildlife. We've included these beaches for you: Samara Beach and Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones). Take a break from Playa Samara with a short trip to MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY in Nosara, about 1 hour away. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach and admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Playa Samara online visit planner .

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nosara, Playa Garza
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Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach

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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.
On the 28th (Sat), get your game on at Still Water Journeys Archery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Curi Cancha Reserve, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip planner .

Drive from Playa Samara to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Pura Veda Archery
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Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Zipline

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then get outside with Canopy San Luis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. On the 2nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Canopy San Luis
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River Rafting & Tubing
Lake Arenal ©
Lake Arenal
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Relax by the water at Punta Uva Beach and Playa Chiquita. Take a break from the city and head to Cahuita National Park and Playa Cocles. It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Observatorio.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca tour planner .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Manzanillo, Cahuita National Park
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Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach

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