16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

San Jose
Drive:  2​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Uvita
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Rincon de La Vieja
— Few hours
taxi + shuttle + Fly:  1​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
San Jose

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Butterfly Conservatory and Los Lagos Hot Springs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Paradise Hot Springs and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Arenal Eco Zoo in El Castillo, approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, head outdoors with Canopy San Luis, and Head underground at Venado Caves.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Uvita.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, El Castillo
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Uvita Beach and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Oro Verde Biological Reserve and Santa Lucia Falls. Step out of Uvita with an excursion to Los Cusingos Neotropical Bird Sanctuary in San Isidro del General--about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, head outdoors with Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Uvita trip maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Uvita takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, Los Cusingos Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena, Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Santa Lucia Falls ©
Santa Lucia Falls

4
days
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 Naturalist Michael Araya Flores and Playa Espadilla Norte. Explore hidden gems such as Palo Seco Beach and Mulguri Adventure. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Playa Bejuco (in Esterillos Este) and Los Campesinos Reserve (in Quepos). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio itinerary planner.

Getting from Uvita to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rincon de La Vieja.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Quepos, Palo Seco Beach, Playa Bejuco
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Palo Seco Beach ©
Palo Seco Beach
Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte
Playa Bejuco ©
Playa Bejuco

few
hours
Rincon de La Vieja

Rincon de La Vieja ©
Sensoria Land of Senses has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Sensoria Land of Senses and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Rio Negro Hot Springs.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rincon de La Vieja vacation builder website .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Rincon de La Vieja by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
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Rio Negro Hot Springs ©
Rio Negro Hot Springs
Sensoria Land of Senses ©
Sensoria Land of Senses

3
days
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Escape the urban bustle at Las Baulas National Marine Park and Potrero Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at El Viejo Wetlands and Kingpin Sportfishing. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park and look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Rincon de La Vieja to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

El Viejo Wetlands, Las Baulas National Marine Park, Potrero Beach
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Las Baulas National Marine Park ©
Las Baulas National Marine Park
Kingpin Sportfishing ©
Kingpin Sportfishing
Azul Profundo Boutique ©
Azul Profundo Boutique

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