17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Lisbon
Fly:  20​h 15​min
Nosara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
shuttle + bus:  3​h 45​min
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  17​h 45​min
Lisbon

2
days
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): view the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, then have fun at Tennis Club Colibri, and then stroll through Nosara Refuge for Wildlife.

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Lisbon, Portugal to Nosara is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Nosara is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Lisbon in April, expect Nosara to be warmer, temps between 41°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Spas & Wellness
Horseback Riding Tours

3
days
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas & Wellness and Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates. Step out of Tamarindo to go to Playa Flamingo and see Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, which is approximately 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, stop by Lydia Beech Art, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

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You can drive from Nosara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates

2
days
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 11th (Wed): meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and finally look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas).

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You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Uvita.

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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

2
days
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 13th (Fri): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and then stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hacienda Baru, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

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Traveling by combination of shuttle and bus from Monteverde to Uvita takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

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Side Trip

Dominical
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Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

1
day
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 15th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz and then get interesting insight from Tours.

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Drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

3
days
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ecocentro Danaus and Paradise Hot Springs. Change things up with these side-trips from La Fortuna de San Carlos: El Castillo (Butterfly Conservatory & Arenal Eco Zoo). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Titoku Hot Springs.

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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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, El Castillo
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Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) ©
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)

2
days
Playas del Coco

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playas del Coco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Fishing Charters & Tours
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©

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