17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Outdoor Activities, stroll around Bogarin Trail, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning app.

Tel Aviv, Israel to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.
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Tortuguero — 1 night

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 6th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero day trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in June, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Poas Volcano National Park.
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Poas Volcano National Park — 2 nights

A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Poas Volcano National Park trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Tortuguero to Poas Volcano National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Poas Volcano National Park to Manuel Antonio in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Jaco.
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Jaco — 2 nights

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Butterflies and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On your second day here, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Jaco trip maker site.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Jaco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.
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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.
On the 13th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience the excitement of El Trapiche Tour and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde online vacation maker.

Getting from Jaco to Monteverde by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip builder app.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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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.
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