17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Buenos Aires
Fly:  10​h 30​min
Escazu
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Playa Samara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
Buenos Aires

1
day
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. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Souvenir Museum and then take in the dramatic scenery at Los Chorros Waterfalls.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Escazu trip itinerary maker site .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Escazu is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone changes from Argentine Time (ART) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. In March, daily temperatures in Escazu can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Escazu

#Golf, #Tours, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Los Chorros Waterfalls, Souvenir Museum
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Souvenir Museum
Los Chorros Waterfalls ©
Los Chorros Waterfalls

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles and then stroll through Puerto Viejo Beach. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Escazu to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Escazu to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Cahuita National Park
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Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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.
Spend the 8th (Thu) among the fascinating landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). And it doesn't end there: stop by Souvenir Leo, relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation planner .

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Nature, #Parks, #Spas

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Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

2
days
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 9th (Fri), look for gifts at Lydia Beech Art, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana. On your second day here, explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, look for gifts at EK Art Jewelry, then look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche, and finally stroll through Tamarindo Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip planning site .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Tamarindo can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

1
day
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 11th (Sun), 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 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

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

1
day
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 12th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Montezuma Falls, kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

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. On the 13th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can ride a ferry to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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Montezuma Falls
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls

2
days
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 Meli Melo Boutique, and then see MidWorld Costa Rica. On the next day, look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then stop by Jaime Peligro Book & CD Shop, and finally stop by Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. March in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
River Rafting & Tubing

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Uvita Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then identify plant and animal life at Hacienda Baru, and finally look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Uvita trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Uvita

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trip

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

1
day
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.
On the 17th (Sat), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stop by Chieton Moren, and then hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central).

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Uvita to San Jose takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. March in San Jose sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Tours, #Adventure, #Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Chieton Moren ©
Chieton Moren
Central Market (Mercado Central) ©
Central Market (Mercado Central)

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