17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Jose
— 2 nights
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
3
Monteverde
— 3 nights
4
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
6
Tortuguero
— 1 night
7
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights

2
nights
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.
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica and Museo de Arte Costarricense will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Galeria Namu and Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Museo Municipal de Cartago (in Cartago) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, view the masterpieces at Museo Dr. Rafael Calderon Guardia, browse the exhibits of Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings, and see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose trip site.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to San Jose. In February in San Jose, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Cartago, Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
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Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): soothe aching muscles at Yoga con Cyn and then stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with Oceans Unlimited Scuba Diving and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio day trip tool.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Manuel Antonio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Yoga con Cyn ©
Yoga con Cyn

3
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.
Ecological Sanctuary and Arte Jaguar Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, get engrossed in the history at Chorotega Arts & Crafts, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde day trip planning app.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): do sightseeing your way with Private Tours and then get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of La Galeria Centro de Arte, then view the masterpieces at Lydia Beech Art Boutique, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo tour builder website.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lydia Beech Art Boutique ©
Lydia Beech Art Boutique
La Galeria Centro de Arte ©
La Galeria Centro de Arte

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Galeria Estudio. Get a sense of the local culture at Wood & Art Gallery and Onirica Art Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

Before you visit La Fortuna de San Carlos, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
ChocoMuseo La Fortuna ©
ChocoMuseo La Fortuna
La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve ©

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tortuguero day trip website.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

2
nights
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.
On the 22nd (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, stroll through Tarantulas Way, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Cahuita
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park

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