16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica vacation planner
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San Jose
Bus
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Santa Teresa
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Cartago
— 1 night
Drive
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San Jose
— 1 night
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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.
To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose route maker tool.

Quebec City, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Quebec City in May, expect nights in San Jose to be much hotter, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. On the 5th (Thu), you'll travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Bogarin Trail, Tabacon Hot Springs, Rio Celeste, and other attractions you added.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker.

Take a shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can take a shuttle to Santa Teresa.
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Side Trip

Santa Teresa — 4 nights

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.
To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Santa Teresa trip planning website.

Take a shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Santa Teresa in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 13th (Fri), you're off to Monteverde.
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Natuwa Wildlife Santuary as well as Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Monteverde online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Monteverde takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kayaking & Canoeing as well as Playa Manuel Antonio.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Wed) before leaving for Cartago.
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Cartago — 1 night

Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25km east of the capital, San José. You've now added Irazu Volcano National Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): get impressive views of Irazu Volcano National Park.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cartago online route planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Cartago in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Cartago are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Jose.
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San Jose — 1 night

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose travel planner.

Traveling by car from Cartago to San Jose takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 20th (Fri), you're off to home.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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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.
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