23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+4
subway + bus + Fly + bus + shuttle:  13​h 30​min
1
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Nosara
— 3 nights
taxi + ferry:  5​h 15​min
4
Uvita
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

5
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Chiquita and Playa Cocles. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature Observatorio and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, have some family-friendly fun at Paintball Costa Rica, relax in the rural setting at Chocorart, and look for all kinds of wild species at La Ceiba.

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Washington DC, USA to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of subway, bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. In December, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is much hotter than Washington DC - with highs of 76°F and lows of 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Nature Observatorio, Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita

6
nights
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 Paradise Hot Springs. Escape the urban bustle at Parque Nacional Volcan Arenal and River Rafting & Tubing. Spend the 28th (Fri) among the fascinating landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos planner .

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Nosara.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Step out of the city life by going to SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary and Barrigona Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Horseback Riding Tours and MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, enjoy some diversion at Tennis Club Colibri, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and putt your heart out at Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nosara trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Nosara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. In January, daytime highs in Nosara are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Nosara

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Fun & Games

Side Trip

Barrigona Beach
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Uvita Beach and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. Escape the urban bustle at Hacienda Baru and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Uvita journey planner.

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and bus from Nosara to Uvita takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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 out of the city life by going to Zipline and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rainmaker Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Espadilla Norte, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Rainmaker Park
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Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Zipline
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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