16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica tour itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Jose
— 1 night
Shuttle
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Playa Hermosa
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Playa Samara
— 1 night
Drive
6
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 1 night
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San Jose

— 1 night
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.
To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the San Jose trip itinerary builder website.

Zurich, Switzerland to San Jose is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Zurich to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in April, with highs in San Jose at 33°C and lows at 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 25:

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 nights
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.
On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall and then kick your exploration up a notch at Sky Adventures Arenal Park.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos driving holiday website.

Traveling by shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Playa Hermosa.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 25 — 28:

Playa Hermosa

— 2 nights
Playa Hermosa, located in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica, is a popular beach and beach-front resort town.People who visit Playa Hermosa can indulge in swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving, sport fishing or sailing.Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste Province is not to be confused with Playa Hermosa, Puntarenas Province. You've now added Dolphin & Whale Watching to your itinerary. On the 28th (Wed), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa and then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Playa Hermosa trip app.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playa Hermosa in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 28 — 30:

Tamarindo

— 2 nights
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 30th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo attractions tool.

Drive from Playa Hermosa to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 2:

Playa Samara

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then stroll through Playa Buena Vista.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara online holiday maker.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Find places to stay May 2 — 3:

Monteverde

— 2 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde route planner.

Getting from Playa Samara to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay May 3 — 5:

Manuel Antonio

— 2 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and then enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 5 — 7:

San Jose

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose trip planning tool.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 7 — 8:

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.