17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Jose
— 1 night
2
Rincon de La Vieja
— 2 nights
3
Monteverde
— 3 nights
4
Uvita
— 2 nights
5
Puerto Jimenez
— 2 nights
6
Drake Bay
— 1 night
7
San Jose
— Few hours
8
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
9
San Jose
— 1 night

1
night
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.
On the 7th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Soledad.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose road trip planner.

Brussels, Belgium to San Jose is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Brussels to San Jose, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brussels in December, expect San Jose to be much warmer, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rincon de La Vieja.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites
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Iglesia La Soledad ©
Iglesia La Soledad

2
nights
Rincon de La Vieja

Rincon de La Vieja ©
Explore hidden gems such as Miravalles Volcano and Souvenir Ocarina. Get in touch with nature at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Cataratas Llanos de Cortes. Change things up with a short trip to Hidden Garden Art Gallery in Liberia (about 1h 25 min away).

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rincon de La Vieja trip tool.

You can fly from San Jose to Rincon de La Vieja in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Jose in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of °C in Rincon de La Vieja. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Liberia, Miravalles Volcano, Cataratas Llanos de Cortes
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Miravalles Volcano ©
Miravalles Volcano
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Hidden Garden Art Gallery ©
Hidden Garden Art Gallery

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, thenstroll through Finca el Rodeo, and then see the interesting displays at Chorotega Arts & Crafts. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sustainability Demonstration Center.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde day trip website.

You can drive from Rincon de La Vieja to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Sustainability Demonstration Center
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Sustainability Demonstration Center ©
Sustainability Demonstration Center

2
nights
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.
Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Ventanas, get interesting insight from Tours, thenget up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Uvita trip builder website.

Drive from Monteverde to Uvita in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Puerto Jimenez.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Dominical, Playa Ventanas
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Puerto Jimenez

Puerto Jimenez ©
On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Finca Morpho and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Preciosa.

To see where to stay and tourist information, use the Puerto Jimenez road trip planner.

You can drive from Uvita to Puerto Jimenez in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Puerto Jimenez

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Finca Morpho ©
Finca Morpho
Rancho Raices de Osa ©
Rancho Raices de Osa

1
night
Drake Bay

Drake Bay
To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Drake Bay trip builder tool.

You can drive from Puerto Jimenez to Drake Bay in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or ride a ferry. You'll set off for San Jose on the 18th (Wed).

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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few
hours
San Jose

San Jose
To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the San Jose planner.

You can drive from Drake Bay to San Jose in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. On the 18th (Wed), you're off to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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3
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like La Ceiba and Nature Riders. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at Luluberlu Art Gallery, experience rural life at Finca Tierra, and stop by Choco.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Getting from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Luluberlu Art Gallery ©
Luluberlu Art Gallery

1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Museo Dr. Rafael Calderon Guardia and then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read San Jose attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Jose

Shopping Museums
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Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Museo Dr. Rafael Calderon Guardia ©
Museo Dr. Rafael Calderon Guardia
Chieton Moren ©
Chieton Moren

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