13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Rochester
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  14​h 45​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Jaco
— 1 night
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  12​h
End: Rochester

2
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Butterfly Conservatory and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Arenal Wilberth Stables. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, and get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker website .

Rochester, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rochester to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Chiquita, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Nature Observatorio and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach.

Discover how to plan a Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nature Observatorio, Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
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Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and finally stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Tours and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Uvita trip planner .

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Dominical, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
Visiting Parasailing & Paragliding and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Zipline and The Captain's Booty. Change things up with a short trip to Rainmaker Park in Parrita (about 46 minutes away). There's lots more to do: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, stop by Jungle Avenue, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip planner .

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Quepos, Rainmaker Park
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Parasailing & Paragliding

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then shop like a local with Tico Pod Art House & Gifts.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Jaco route planning website .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Zipline
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Zipline
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts ©
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts

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