16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

San Jose
San Jose
— 1 night
shuttle:  2​h
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
shuttle:  2​h
San Jose
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Puerto Jimenez
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Turrialba
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
San Jose

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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): ponder the world of politics at Correos de Costa Rica.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read San Jose day trip planning site .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Tobias Bolanos International Airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport and Limon International Airport. In March, daytime highs in San Jose are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. You will leave for Tortuguero on the 6th (Tue).
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Correos de Costa Rica ©
Correos de Costa Rica

2
days
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 6th (Tue), tour the water at your own pace with Tortuguero Adventures. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Tortuguero National Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip planner.

Getting from San Jose to Tortuguero by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

1
day
San Jose

San Jose ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum and then cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Tortuguero to San Jose takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

#Wildlife, #Tours, #Scenic Drive
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Precolumbian Gold Museum ©
Precolumbian Gold Museum

2
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.
Keep things going the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs and then hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos attractions planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. On the 10th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Uvita.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Spas, #Nature
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

2
days
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 11th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Kokopelli, enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, and then look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena, look for all kinds of wild species at Hacienda Baru, and then look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

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Traveling by combination of flight and bus from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Uvita takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Jimenez.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Dominical, Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena, Kokopelli
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Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Kokopelli ©
Kokopelli

2
days
Puerto Jimenez

Puerto Jimenez ©
On the 13th (Tue), relax in the rural setting at Rancho Raices de Osa and then look for all kinds of wild species at Osa Wildlife Sanctuary. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, look for gifts at Jagua Arts and Crafts, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Jimenez online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Uvita to Puerto Jimenez takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In March, daytime highs in Puerto Jimenez are 93°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Puerto Jimenez

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
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Rancho Raices de Osa ©
Rancho Raices de Osa
Osa Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Osa Wildlife Sanctuary
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
day
Turrialba

Turrialba
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): explore the activities along Pejibaye River and then identify plant and animal life at Center for Tropical Agricultural Research and Education (CATIE).

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Turrialba trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Puerto Jimenez to Turrialba takes 7 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Puerto Jimenez in March: high temperatures in Turrialba hover around 80°F and lows are around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Turrialba

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve. Visiting Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and Cahuita National Park will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Puerto Viejo de Talamanca: Nature Park Walk (in Manzanillo) and Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary (in Puerto Limon). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca journey builder website .

Getting from Turrialba to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Turrialba to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. You will leave for home on the 20th (Tue).

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Cahuita, Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary, Nature Park Walk
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Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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