16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Walaba

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): get interesting insight from Tours, then enjoy the sand and surf at Manzanillo Beach, then explore and take pictures at Nature Park Walk, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Nature Riders, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles, and then relax and rejuvenate at Indulgence Spa.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca driving holiday planner.

Manzanillo to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 1:

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Uvita

Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): whizz through the canopy at Hacienda Baru Lodge, then stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then stroll through Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, and finally stroll through Playa Ventanas. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, and finally stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Uvita trip planning site.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 1 — 3:

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then see Safari Adventures. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainmaker Park.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio holiday builder site.

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 5:

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Santa Teresa

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, then whizz through the canopy at Canopy del Pacifico Mal Pais, and finally surround yourself with nature on Costa Rican Tropical Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, kick back and relax at Playa Carmen, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then head off the coast to Isla de Cabuya, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa online route builder.

Traveling by ferry from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 5 — 7:

2
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Playa Samara

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 8th (Mon): get interesting insight from Tours, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally kick back and relax at Samara Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): trot along with a tour on horseback, then kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach, and then kick back and relax at Playa Carrillo.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Playa Samara trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 7 — 9:

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Tamarindo

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 10th (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 9 — 10:

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bogarin Trail and Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). Get in touch with nature at La Fortuna Waterfall and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to El Castillo and see Butterfly Conservatory, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore by horseback at Arenal Wilberth Stables, take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, and get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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.