17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Roswell
Fly:  16​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Uvita
— 4 nights
bus + shuttle:  3​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h
End: Roswell

3
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 Butterfly Conservatory and River Rafting & Tubing. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecocentro Danaus, and take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip website .

Roswell, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Roswell to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

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Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
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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 Nature & Wildlife Tours and Playa Manuel Antonio. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa Biesanz and Beso Loco Boutique de Playa. There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio holiday planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In May, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trip

Zipline
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Zipline
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

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.
Head to Magic Ananda and Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Storefor plenty of shopping. Visiting Hacienda Baru and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, and take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Uvita day trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can 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
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Santa Elena Skywalk and Ecological Sanctuary. Visiting Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena will get you outdoors. Step out of Monteverde to go to Tilaran and see Viento Fresco Waterfall, which is approximately 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stroll through The Bat Jungle, and look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde day trip planning website .

You can do a combination of bus and shuttle from Uvita to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Viento Fresco Waterfall
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Viento Fresco Waterfall ©
Viento Fresco Waterfall

1
night
Playas del Coco

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
On the 17th (Thu), meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco road trip planning app .

Getting from Monteverde to Playas del Coco by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 93°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

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Playa Hermosa
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Shark Diving
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

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