16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Travel:  29​h
1
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
2
Uvita
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Tel Aviv

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Chiquita and Playa Cocles. Step off the beaten path and head to Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica. Step out of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to go to Puerto Limon and see Veragua Rainforest Park, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Nature Observatorio and take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary planning tool .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 29-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Tel Aviv in April; daily highs in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca reach 30°C and lows reach 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio, Veragua Rainforest Park
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hacienda Baru and Uvita Waterfall. Step out of the city life by going to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Spend the 10th (Tue) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Uvita Beach, look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Uvita trip planner .

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Dominical
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Zipline. Take a break from the city and head to Rainmaker Park and Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices. The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours, look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio online vacation planner .

Getting from Uvita to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Rainmaker Park
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Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Zipline
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): hike along Ecocentro Danaus, then hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Conservatory, get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), and then view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery.

For where to stay and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
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Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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