12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
3
Uvita
— 2 nights
4
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights

2
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.
On the 21st (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach. On the next day, look for gifts at Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary tool.

Boston, USA to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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 discover tucked-away gems like Bogarin Trail and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Wood & Art Gallery. Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to El Castillo to see Butterfly Conservatory about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
Highlights from your plan
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, stroll through Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Ventanas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, thenglide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Uvita trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Uvita in 5.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Dominical, Playa Ventanas
Highlights from your plan
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Manuel Antonio and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rainmaker Park and Horseback Riding Tours. Go for a jaunt from Manuel Antonio to Jaco to see Off-Road Tours about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, and explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio journey builder tool.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Jaco, Quepos, Rainmaker Park
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Horseback Riding Tours

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