18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Toronto
Fly:  17​h
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Uvita
— 3 nights
ferry + taxi:  3​h 45​min
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
Toronto

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Chiquita and Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Cocles and Puerto Viejo Beach. When in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, make a side trip to see Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica in Cahuita, approximately 40 minutes away. It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Observatorio.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary planner.

Toronto, Canada to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 17-hour flight. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Toronto in April: high temperatures in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca hover around 30°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
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Playa Chiquita

4
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. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). Next up on the itinerary: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, trek along Ecocentro Danaus, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder tool .

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. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), Butterfly Conservatory
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Playa Manuel Antonio. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio vacation maker .

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 April, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Beaches

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Uvita journey planner .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trip

Dominical
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

2
days
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 5th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa and then stop by Tica Surf Bikinis. On the next day, kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Uvita to Santa Teresa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

2
days
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: push the limits with an extreme tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip builder app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. May in Tamarindo sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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