17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
fly:  13​h
Escazu
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Rincon de La Vieja
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Playa Samara
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
drive and ferry:  2​h 30​min
Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Buenos Aires

1
night
Escazu

Escazu ©
Escazú, officially San Miguel de Escazú, is the capital city of the canton of Escazú in the province of San José in Costa Rica. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): relax in the rural setting at El Toledo Coffee Tour, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Refugio Herpetologico de Costa Rica, then get a taste of the local shopping with Multiplaza, and finally make a trip to Mercado KM0.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Escazu driving holiday planner .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Escazu is an approximately 28-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Escazu. In March, daily temperatures in Escazu can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Escazu

#Shopping, #Outdoors, #Neighborhoods

Side Trips

El Toledo Coffee Tour, Refugio Herpetologico de Costa Rica
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J.LANG Atelier & Showroom ©
J.LANG Atelier & Showroom
El Toledo Coffee Tour ©
El Toledo Coffee Tour
Refugio Herpetologico de Costa Rica ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation planner .

You can drive from Escazu to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rincon de La Vieja.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Nature, #Parks, #Spas
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

1
night
Rincon de La Vieja

Rincon de La Vieja ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take in the natural beauty of Rio Negro Hot Springs and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rincon de La Vieja National Park.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rincon de La Vieja trip maker app .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Rincon de La Vieja takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, daily temperatures in Rincon de La Vieja can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

#Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Rincon de La Vieja National Park
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Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Rio Negro Hot Springs ©
Rio Negro Hot Springs

4
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Avellana. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa). There's much more to do: look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, and have some family-friendly fun at Bolas Locas Mini Golf.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo day trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Rincon de La Vieja to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. In March in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Playa Hermosa
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

few
hours
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
On the 10th (Sat), stroll through Samara Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Playa Samara trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playa Samara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Playa Samara sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Spas & Wellness

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa travel planner .

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Jaco.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
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 12th (Mon), get interesting insight from Tours, look for gifts at The Costa Rica Coffee Experience, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jaco Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Carara National Park and then take in the dramatic scenery at Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls.

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Do a combination of bus and ferry from Santa Teresa to Jaco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Carara National Park
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Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach
The Costa Rica Coffee Experience ©
The Costa Rica Coffee Experience
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
night
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 14th (Wed), stroll through Playa Biesanz, look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, then stop by Super Joseth, and finally shop like a local with Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio journey planner .

Getting from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio by ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. In March, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Beso Loco Boutique de Playa ©
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Uvita Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then take a memorable tour with Hacienda Baru, and finally stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Uvita trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trip

Dominical
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

1
night
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 17th (Sat): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central).

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose online trip builder .

You can take a bus from Uvita to San Jose in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Central Market (Mercado Central) ©
Central Market (Mercado Central)
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

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