18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Salzburg
Fly:  18​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Uvita
— 2 nights
bus + shuttle:  3​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Alajuela
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Salzburg

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Butterfly Conservatory and Tabacon Hot Springs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Paradise Hot Springs. And it doesn't end there: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday builder app .

Salzburg, Austria to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Salzburg to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
River Rafting & Tubing

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Naturalist Michael Araya Flores and Playa Espadilla Norte. Visiting Playa Manuel Antonio and MidWorld Costa Rica will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online trip builder .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. April in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

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Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte

2
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.
On the 4th (Fri), get outside with Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hacienda Baru, and then stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Uvita online day trip planner .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

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Dominical, Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru

3
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.
Visiting Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Up in the Cloud Forest will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Bat Jungle and Souvenir Rosewood. It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve and view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde online driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of bus and shuttle from Uvita to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Playas del Coco.

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The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

1
night
Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
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 9th (Wed): stroll through Playa Hermosa and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience and then head outdoors with Crazy Alex CR.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Playas del Coco vacation builder tool .

Getting from Monteverde to Playas del Coco by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In May in Playas del Coco, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Alajuela.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Wildlife

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Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Shark Diving

2
nights
Alajuela

Alajuela ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum and then admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Alajuela tour itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Playas del Coco to Alajuela takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Playas del Coco in May: high temperatures in Alajuela hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Alajuela

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Top Travel Costa Rica, La Paz Waterfall Gardens
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

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