16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Anchorage
Fly:  28​h
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
Anchorage

4
days
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Chiquita and Playa Cocles. Kids will appreciate attractions like Nature Observatorio and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, experience rural life at Chocorart, and view the masterpieces at Luluberlu Art Gallery.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner .

San Francisco, USA to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. When traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, with highs around 84°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 82°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Nature Observatorio, Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita

3
days
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.
Family-friendly places like Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Butterfly Conservatory will thrill your kids. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Arte Jaguar Gallery and Spas & Wellness. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, Head underground at Venado Caves, and contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano).

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos journey site .

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory, Arte Jaguar Gallery
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Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

2
days
Santa Teresa

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa online journey planner .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Santa Teresa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve
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Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Spas & Wellness
Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve ©

1
day
Playa Samara

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.
On the 17th (Wed), kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach and then view the masterpieces at Koss Art Gallery.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Playa Samara trip website .

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Playa Samara can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Playa Samara

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Koss Art Gallery ©
Koss Art Gallery

2
days
Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Hidden Garden Art Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and then kick back and relax at Playa Ocotal. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at El Viejo Wetlands and then get your game on at Hacienda El Roble & Adventure Center.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Playas del Coco journey app .

Drive from Playa Samara to Playas del Coco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Playas del Coco, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 72°F at night. On the 20th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Beaches, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Hacienda El Roble & Adventure Center, El Viejo Wetlands, Hidden Garden Art Gallery, Playa Ocotal
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Playa Ocotal ©
Playa Ocotal
Hacienda El Roble & Adventure Center ©
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts ©
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts

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