17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Uvita
— 3 nights
plane:  7​h 30​min
6
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
7
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London

1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana).

Before you visit San Jose, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

London, UK to San Jose is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from London to San Jose, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in August; daily highs in San Jose reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Multiplaza
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Museo de los Ninos ©
Museo de los Ninos
Multiplaza ©
Multiplaza

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.
Visiting Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Natura Ecological Park will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Bogarin Trail and Venado Caves. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos with an excursion to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo--about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, head outdoors with Flow Trips, and take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planner .

Getting from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Venado Caves, Butterfly Conservatory
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Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Chorotega Arts & Crafts. Visiting Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Ecological Sanctuary will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Valle Escondido Preserve, explore by horseback at Finca el Rodeo, catch some excitement at Curi Cancha Reserve, and view the masterpieces at Sarah's Gallery.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde online trip planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

2
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.
On the 8th (Sat), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty.

Planning Manuel Antonio trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Spas

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Oro Verde Biological Reserve, then stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Uvita day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Marino Ballena National Park ©
Marino Ballena National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): have some family-friendly fun at Yesland Mini Golf and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Redfrogteam Biological Station, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then stroll through Ara Manzanillo, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla.

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

You can drive from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Yesland Mini Golf, Ara Manzanillo, Redfrogteam Biological Station
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Ara Manzanillo ©
Ara Manzanillo
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design and then steep yourself in history at Teatro Nacional Costa Rica.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by bus from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Jose

Nightlife Historic Sites Museums
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Teatro Nacional Costa Rica ©
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
Museum of Contemporary Art and Design ©

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