17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Liberia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Playa Flamingo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
5
Uvita
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
7
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
End: San Jose

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Arenal Eco Zoo, then identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Conservatory, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves and then contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano).

Plan my day in La Fortuna de San Carlos using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Liberia.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, El Castillo
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Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) ©
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)

2
nights
Liberia

Liberia ©
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Nacascolo and then look for all kinds of wild species at El Viejo Wetlands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then get outside with Crazy Alex CR.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Liberia trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Liberia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Liberia can reach 94°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in Liberia

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, Playa Nacascolo
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Playa Nacascolo ©
Playa Nacascolo
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
Playa Flamingo

Playa Flamingo ©
The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Barra Honda National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Puerto Carrillo and then take a tour by water with Costa Rica Sailing Center.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Playa Flamingo trip planner .

Drive from Liberia to Playa Flamingo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In March in Playa Flamingo, expect temperatures between 94°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Nicoya, Costa Rica Sailing Center, Playa Conchal
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Barra Honda National Park ©
Barra Honda National Park
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Puerto Carrillo ©
Puerto Carrillo

2
nights
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Carmen and then step off the mainland to explore Isla de Cabuya.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Playa Flamingo to Santa Teresa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Isla de Cabuya
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Isla de Cabuya ©
Isla de Cabuya

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.
Visit Uvita Beach and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Santa Lucia Falls and Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena. The adventure continues: get outside with Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica, stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and view the masterpieces at Magic Ananda.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Uvita travel planner .

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. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena, Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Santa Lucia Falls ©
Santa Lucia Falls

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Espadilla Norte and then stop by Jaime Peligro Book & CD Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: take a peaceful walk through Kids Saving the Rain Forest and then kick back and relax at Palo Seco Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in March, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Palo Seco Beach
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Palo Seco Beach ©
Palo Seco Beach
Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte
Kids Saving the Rain Forest ©
Kids Saving the Rain Forest

1
night
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.
On the 16th (Fri), experience rural life at Chocorart, then kick back and relax at Playa Chiquita, and then admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca road trip site .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Chocorart ©
Chocorart

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