16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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


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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Chiquita and Playa Cocles. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica and Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Observatorio and admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planning site .

Kansas City, USA to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive. Traveling from Kansas City to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kansas City in November, things will get warmer in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca: highs are around 78°F and lows about 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita

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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Ecocentro Danaus will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Butterfly Conservatory and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens, and contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano).

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner .

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. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Biesanz and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Spas & Wellness. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio travel route builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In November, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Uvita Beach and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Get outdoors at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Uvita Waterfall. There's lots more to do: ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Uvita travel route planner .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Dominical
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

1
night
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Monteverde using our trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and shuttle from Uvita to Monteverde in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

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