16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Butterfly Conservatory and Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). Discover out-of-the-way places like Paradise Hot Springs and Venado Caves. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Arenal Eco Zoo in El Castillo, approximately 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, head outdoors with Canopy San Luis, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

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
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Los Cusingos Neotropical Bird Sanctuary. Relax by the water at Uvita Beach and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Oro Verde Biological Reserve, stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, get outside with Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena, and admire the sheer force of Santa Lucia Falls.

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Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Uvita by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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 Naturalist Michael Araya Flores and Playa Bejuco. Explore hidden gems such as Palo Seco Beach and Los Campesinos Reserve. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Mulguri Adventure, stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, and stroll through Playa Espadilla Norte.

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You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rincon de La Vieja.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride 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
nights
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 Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands and Potrero Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kingpin Sportfishing and Azul Profundo Boutique. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park and explore the striking landscape of Las Baulas National Marine Park.

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

Traveling by car from Rincon de La Vieja to Tamarindo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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