23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Boston
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  13​h 15​min
1
Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
4
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
6
Playa Flamingo
— 4 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  10​h
End: Boston

2
nights
Jaco

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Zipline and Tico Pod Art House & Gifts. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Carara National Park, trot along with a tour on horseback, and snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Jaco online holiday planner .

Boston, USA to Jaco is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Boston to Jaco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Tarcoles, Herradura, Horseback Riding Tours, Carara National Park
Find places to stay May 22 — 24:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Zipline
Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Parasailing & Paragliding and Rainmaker Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zipline and Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planner .

Drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Quepos, Rainmaker Park
Find places to stay May 24 — 28:
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Zipline

3
nights
Uvita

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Uvita Beach. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, view the masterpieces at Magic Ananda, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ventanas.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Uvita trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Dominical, Ballena
Find places to stay May 28 — 31:
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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.
Get outdoors at Nature Observatorio and Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. Explore hidden gems such as Playa Cocles and Veragua Rainforest Park. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stop by Cho.co.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca holiday builder website .

Traveling by car from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Nature Observatorio, Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, Veragua Rainforest Park
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 3:
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach

5
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Butterfly Conservatory and Paradise Hot Springs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery, and hike along Senderos Los Tucanes.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 8:
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
River Rafting & Tubing

4
nights
Playa Flamingo

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
Get in touch with nature at Fishing Charters & Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco. Change things up with a short trip to Nahua in Liberia (about 1h 30 min away).

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Playa Flamingo trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playa Flamingo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 12th (Wed).

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Liberia, Playas del Coco
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
River Rafting & Tubing

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