18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Sarnia
Fly:  17​h
1
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Uvita
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Rincon de La Vieja
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Sarnia

3
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Potrero Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Las Baulas National Marine Park and Spas & Wellness. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Park, stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, and admire all the interesting features of Kingpin Sportfishing.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo road trip planning site

Sarnia, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Sarnia to Tamarindo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sarnia in December, expect Tamarindo to be warmer, temps between 38°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Potrero Beach, Las Baulas National Marine Park
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River Rafting & Tubing
Spas & Wellness
Kingpin Sportfishing ©
Kingpin Sportfishing

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Uvita Beach and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cloudbridge Nature Reserve and Santa Lucia Falls. There's lots more to do: get outside with Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena, take a memorable tour with Tours, and look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Uvita itinerary planner

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Tamarindo to Uvita takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Cloudbridge Nature Reserve, Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Cloudbridge Nature Reserve ©
Cloudbridge Nature Reserve

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Naturalist Michael Araya Flores and La Playita. Get in touch with nature at Mulguri Adventure and Playa Bejuco. There's still lots to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

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

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Playa Bejuco
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Mulguri Adventure ©
Mulguri Adventure
Playa Bejuco ©
Playa Bejuco
La Playita ©
La Playita

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Butterfly Conservatory and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Step out of the city life by going to Paradise Hot Springs and Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). Spend the 23rd (Sat) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Volcan Arenal. There's more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs and relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning app

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rincon de La Vieja.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

2
nights
Rincon de La Vieja

Rincon de La Vieja ©
On the 24th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Sensoria Land of Senses.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rincon de La Vieja journey planner

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Rincon de La Vieja in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Rincon de La Vieja can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. On the 25th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
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Sensoria Land of Senses ©
Sensoria Land of Senses
Rio Negro Hot Springs ©
Rio Negro Hot Springs

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