13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Rochester
+2
Fly + Bus + Shuttle:  14 h 45 min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h 15 min
3
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Jaco
— 1 night
+3
Bus + Foot + Bus + Fly:  12 h
End: Rochester

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.
Get in touch with nature at Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Butterfly Conservatory and Arenal Wilberth Stables. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning app.

Rochester, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 14- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, shop like a local with La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary tool.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nature Observatorio, Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

1
night
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 15th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, then stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and finally look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store. On your second day here, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Uvita trip planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Dominical
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Manuel Antonio and Parasailing & Paragliding. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to River Rafting & Tubing and The Captain's Booty. Step out of Manuel Antonio with an excursion to Rainmaker Park in Parrita--about 46 minutes away. There's more to do: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and look for gifts at Jungle Avenue.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Quepos, Rainmaker Park
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park

1
night
Jaco

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then view the masterpieces at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Jaco trip tool.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts ©
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts

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