17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
2
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
3
Carate
— 1 night
4
San Jose
— 1 night
5
Tortuguero
— 1 night
6
Cano Negro
— 1 night
7
Rincon de La Vieja
— 2 nights
8
Monteverde
— 3 nights

1
night
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
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 16th (Sun): contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Poas Volcano National Park trip itinerary planning site.

Palma de Mallorca, Spain to Poas Volcano National Park is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Palma de Mallorca to Poas Volcano National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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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.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, stop by Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio travel route tool.

You can fly from Poas Volcano National Park to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Carate.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
River Rafting & Tubing

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night
Carate

Carate
To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Carate trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Carate takes 5 hours. On the 21st (Fri), you're off to San Jose.

Things to do in Carate

Nature Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then look for gifts at Kiosco San Jose. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Jose planner.

Getting from Carate to San Jose by car takes about 7 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Adventure Tours
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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

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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.
On the 23rd (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tortuguero online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Tortuguero takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Traveling from San Jose in May, Tortuguero is somewhat warmer at night with lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Cano Negro.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

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night
Cano Negro

Cano Negro ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Bio Thermales Hot Springs.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cano Negro route planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Cano Negro takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Tortuguero in May, you will find days in Cano Negro are somewhat warmer (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Rincon de La Vieja.

Things to do in Cano Negro

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Bio Thermales Hot Springs
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Bio Thermales Hot Springs ©
Bio Thermales Hot Springs

2
nights
Rincon de La Vieja

Rincon de La Vieja ©
To plan Rincon de La Vieja vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Cano Negro to Rincon de La Vieja takes 3 hours. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Rincon de La Vieja National Park
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Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park

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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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Rincon de La Vieja to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve