18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Bangkok
train + Fly:  30​h
San Jose
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Uvita
— 3 nights
ferry + taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
Nosara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly + bus:  31​h
Bangkok

few
hours
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 10th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose journey planning tool .

Bangkok, Thailand to San Jose is an approximately 30-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Central Standard Time is minus 13 hours. In March, San Jose is little chillier than Bangkok - with highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

#Tours, #Adventure, #Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Butterfly Conservatory and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Visiting Ecocentro Danaus and Venado Caves will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos driving holiday planner.

Drive from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Venado Caves
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
River Rafting & Tubing

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Spas & Wellness. Get in touch with nature at Playa Biesanz and Playa Manuel Antonio. When in Manuel Antonio, make a side trip to see Rainmaker Park in Parrita, approximately 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio tour itinerary builder site .

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. In March, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Zipline, Rainmaker Park
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Zipline

2
days
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 17th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, look for all kinds of wild species at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hacienda Baru, and finally stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Uvita itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nosara.

Things to do in Uvita

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trip

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

1
day
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, look for all kinds of wild species at Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, then identify plant and animal life at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nosara trip site .

Traveling by combination of ferry, taxi, and flight from Uvita to Nosara takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Nosara

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Spas
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Spas & Wellness

1
day
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.
On the 21st (Wed), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Playas del Coco online holiday planner .

Drive from Nosara to Playas del Coco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Playas del Coco, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Shark Diving
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Monteverde trip builder app .

Drive from Playas del Coco to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Zipline

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