16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly + shuttle:  21​h 30​min
1
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
taxi + ferry:  3​h 45​min
3
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
7
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Barcelona

2
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.
On the 29th (Thu), kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo driving holiday planner .

Barcelona, Spain to Tamarindo is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Barcelona in March, things will get warmer in Tamarindo: highs are around 40°C and lows about 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Spas & Wellness
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura

1
night
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Santa Teresa tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow time for travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 30 — 31:
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Spas & Wellness

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Uvita journey builder tool .

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Santa Teresa to Uvita in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Dominical
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Spas & Wellness

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Rainmaker Park and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz.

Plan my trip to Manuel Antonio with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Rainmaker Park, Zipline
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
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 5th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Conservatory, and then identify plant and animal life at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Trails

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Nature Observatorio and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Chiquita.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca travel route planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca due to the time zone difference. April in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Beaches

Side Trips

Nature Observatorio, Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 9:
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Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica ©
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita

2
nights
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 9th (Mon): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, then identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and finally identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde holiday planner.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Monteverde by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Monteverde is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 11:
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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