18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Prague
Fly:  25​h 30​min
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Puerto Limon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Tarcoles
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Puerto Jimenez
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h
End: Prague

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.
To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary builder .

Prague, Czech Republic to San Jose is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Prague to San Jose is minus 7 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Prague in March; daily highs in San Jose reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. On the 18th (Sun), you'll travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Parks
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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 18th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, and then explore and take pictures at Nature Park Walk. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at La Ceiba, then relax in the rural setting at Chocorart, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Observatorio.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

You can drive from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Puerto Limon.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manzanillo
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Chocorart ©
Chocorart

1
night
Puerto Limon

Puerto Limon ©
On the 20th (Tue), stroll through Vargas Park, then identify plant and animal life at Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Limon trip builder site .

You can take a bus from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Puerto Limon in an hour. Another option is to drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus ©
Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus

2
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Butterfly Conservatory and Paradise Hot Springs. Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to El Castillo to see Arenal Eco Zoo about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Arenal Natura Ecological Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, get outside with Salto, and take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of bus and car from Puerto Limon to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, El Castillo
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Venado Caves ©
Venado Caves
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

2
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.
Monteverde Night Walk Costa Rica has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Theme Park, and then join in the after-dark buzz at Monteverde Night Walk Costa Rica.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planning tool .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. On the 25th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tarcoles.

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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery

1
night
Tarcoles

Tarcoles
To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tarcoles trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Monteverde to Tarcoles in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

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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 26th (Mon): take a peaceful walk through Naturalist Michael Araya Flores. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Mulguri Adventure, stroll through La Selvita, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio tour planner .

You can drive from Tarcoles to Manuel Antonio in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Quepos
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Mulguri Adventure ©
Mulguri Adventure
Spas & Wellness

1
night
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.
For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Uvita trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Puerto Jimenez.

Things to do in Uvita

#Shopping

Side Trip

Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store
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3
nights
Puerto Jimenez

You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Osa Wildlife Sanctuary and Rancho Raices de Osa. Explore Puerto Jimenez's surroundings by going to Drake Bay (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Cano Island).

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Jimenez trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Uvita to Puerto Jimenez by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Jimenez

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Drake Bay
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Osa Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Osa Wildlife Sanctuary
Cano Island ©
Cano Island

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San Jose

San Jose ©
On the 1st (Sun), examine the collection at INBioparque, identify plant and animal life at Toucan Rescue Ranch, and then head outdoors with Rapidos rio Pacuare Costa Rica.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Jose attractions site .

You can fly from Puerto Jimenez to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Toucan Rescue Ranch, INBioparque
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Spirogyra Butterfly Garden ©
Spirogyra Butterfly Garden
Rapidos rio Pacuare Costa Rica ©
Rapidos rio Pacuare Costa Rica

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