17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary planner

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Fly to San Jose, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cahuita
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 1 night
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 1 night
Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Václav Havel Airport Prague

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 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.
Bring the kids along to La Fortuna Waterfall and River Rafting & Tubing. Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker website.

Prague, Czech Republic to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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Cahuita

— 2 nights
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): stroll through Tarantulas Way, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cahuita visit app.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cahuita takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 16 — 18:

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip planning tool.

You can drive from Cahuita to Manuel Antonio in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 18 — 20:

Monteverde

— 3 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Zipline and Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Curi Cancha Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin de Orquideas San Bosco, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond, and meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 23:

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Playa Samara trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Playa Samara in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
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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.
On the 25th (Thu), stroll through Tamarindo Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): tee off at Garra de Leon Golf Course and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo visit site.

Drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 24 — 26:

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): witness the site of a historic battle at Parque Nacional Santa Rosa.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Area de Conservacion Guanacaste itinerary maker.

Getting from Tamarindo to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste by car takes about 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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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.