18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Jaco
— 2 nights
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Uvita
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Playas del Coco
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights

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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Off-Road Tours and Tico Pod Art House & Gifts. Step out of the city life by going to Carara National Park and Costa Rica Dreams Sportfishing. It doesn't end there: take an exotic tour of Jungle Crocodile Safari.

Make your Jaco itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Cancun, Mexico to Jaco is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cancun to Jaco is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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Off-Road Tours
Costa Rica Dreams Sportfishing ©
Costa Rica Dreams Sportfishing
Jungle Crocodile Safari ©
Jungle Crocodile Safari

3
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Uvita Waterfall. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. There's much more to do: ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, stroll through Uvita Beach, and whizz through the canopy at Hacienda Baru Lodge.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Uvita trip builder.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Uvita takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

3
nights
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.
Relax by the water at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Espadilla Norte. Explore hidden gems such as Safari Adventures and Skydive Costa Rica. There's lots more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll around Manuel Antonio National Park, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

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River Rafting & Tubing
Safari Adventures ©
Safari Adventures
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio

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.
On the 12th (Sat), stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Ecological Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip builder site.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. December in Monteverde sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

1
night
Playas del Coco

Coco Beach

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 14th (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and then stop by Cata Chocolate.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Monteverde to Playas del Coco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Cata Chocolate ©
Cata Chocolate

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bogarin Trail and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Kids will enjoy La Fortuna Waterfall and Butterfly Conservatory. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the galleries of Onirica Art Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and stroll through Senderos Los Tucanes.

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Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:
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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©

Walaba

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 19th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, kick back and relax at Playa Cocles, and then stroll through Punta Uva Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca travel route planning app.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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