23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly + taxi:  17​h
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
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  16​h
End: Amsterdam

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz. On the next day, get a taste of the local shopping with Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio attractions tool .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Manuel Antonio due to the time zone difference. In March, Manuel Antonio is warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

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Zipline
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Zipline
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Uvita Beach and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. There's lots more to do: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, identify plant and animal life at Hacienda Baru, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Uvita journey planner .

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trip

Dominical
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

2
nights
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 29th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, kick back and relax at Playa Carmen, and then stop by Tica Surf Bikinis. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Uvita to Santa Teresa by combination of ferry and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tamarindo.

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

4
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Avellana and Playa Conchal. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas & Wellness and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Beaches

Side Trips

Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Playa Conchal
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Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

2
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa Hermosa and Fishing Charters & Tours. When in Playas del Coco, make a side trip to see Llanos de Cortez Waterfall in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, approximately 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, kick back and relax at Playa Ocotal, and take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Playas del Coco trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Playas del Coco are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Playa Ocotal, Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Ocotal ©
Playa Ocotal
Fishing Charters & Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), then look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, then identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and finally stop by Hummingbird Gallery.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Monteverde in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

3
nights
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.
Keep things going the next day: stroll through Playa Chiquita and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. April in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Cahuita
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita

2
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ecocentro Danaus and Butterfly Conservatory. There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), Head underground at Venado Caves, witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, and take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos attractions planner .

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
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Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

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