16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  9​h 45​min
Bajos del Toro
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
Monteverde
— 3 nights
shuttle + bus:  4​h 30​min
Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Jaco
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h
End: Newark

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Bajos del Toro

Bajos del Toro
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): get impressive views of Poas Volcano.

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Newark, USA to Bajos del Toro is an approximately 10-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to Bajos del Toro due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Newark in December, with highs in Bajos del Toro at 82°F and lows at 65°F. On the 21st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Bajos del Toro

#Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Poas Volcano
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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.
Get outdoors at Paradise Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, and view the masterpieces at Wood and Art Gallery.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos journey builder website .

Drive from Bajos del Toro to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Souvenir Rosewood, get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, then look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at San Luis Waterfall.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Monteverde trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Shopping
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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Uvita Beach and Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena. Get outdoors at Hacienda Baru and Santa Lucia Falls. Spend the 31st (Sun) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

To find out how to plan a trip to Uvita, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Monteverde to Uvita by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Dominical, Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena, Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

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You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
River Rafting & Tubing
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

1
night
Jaco

Jaco ©
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
On the 3rd (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Carara National Park and then stop by The Costa Rica Coffee Experience.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Jaco trip itinerary app .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Jaco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Jaco

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa Bejuco, Carara National Park
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Playa Bejuco ©
Playa Bejuco
The Costa Rica Coffee Experience ©

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