16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
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Uvita
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
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Playa Samara
— 3 nights
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Liberia
— 3 nights
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Spas. Get outdoors at Playa Espadilla Norte and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Step out of Manuel Antonio with an excursion to Fishing Charters & Tours in Jaco--about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Marina Pez Vela, take in the natural beauty of Manuel Antonio Hot Springs, kick back and relax at La Playita, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playas Gemelas.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio tour app.

Liberia to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, admire the sheer force of Santa Lucia Falls, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Matapalo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica, then stroll through Oro Verde Biological Reserve, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Uvita attractions website.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

2
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.
On the 15th (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs. On your second day here, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Conservatory, then get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), then explore the galleries of Onirica Art Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos visit planner.

You can drive from Uvita to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

1
night
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Walaba

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 17th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then take in the exciting artwork at Luluberlu Art Gallery.

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Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Wildlife

3
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Playa Samara

A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Garza and Fishing Charters & Tours. Koss Art Gallery and MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Playa Buena Vista, take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall, and stroll through Werner Sauter Biological Reserve.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara trip planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Playa Samara takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Liberia.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

3
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Liberia

White City

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria and Hidden Garden Art Gallery. Relax by the water at Playa Dantita and Playa Danta. Step out of Liberia to go to Playas del Coco and see Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, which is approximately 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: experience rural life at Tio Leo Coffee Tour, explore the world behind art at ArtWood Museum, look for gifts at Souvenirs La gran Nicoya, and view the masterpieces at Costa Rica'n Art Craft.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Liberia online travel planner.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Liberia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Liberia

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.