17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
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Uvita
— 2 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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Playas del Coco
— 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On your second day here, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then stop by Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio travel planner.

Montreal, Canada to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping
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Parasailing / Paragliding
Parasailing & Paragliding
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices
4.5
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa
5.0

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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Uvita Beach and then look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Ventanas, then stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Uvita visit planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Uvita by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Beach
Uvita Beach
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Cocles and La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita. Get in touch with nature at Veragua Rainforest Park and Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. Take a break from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca with a short trip to Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus in Puerto Limon, about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach and look for gifts at Choco.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca itinerary app.

You can drive from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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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.
On the 16th (Sun), stop by Galeria Aguas Verdes, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Conservatory, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos route 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 taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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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.
On the 18th (Tue), get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas) and then surround yourself with nature on Monteverde Wild Hikes.

Discover how to plan a Monteverde trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Monteverde, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Monteverde Wild Hikes
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Historic Walking Area
Santa Elena Skywalk
3.9

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Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then explore the galleries of Con Mucho Gusto, and finally look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then look for gifts at Urban Eclectic Jewelry, and then browse the exhibits of Lydia Beech Art Boutique.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo travel planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. December in Tamarindo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Side Trip

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Must see
Pura Aventura
4.8

3
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Playas del Coco

Coco Beach

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts. There's lots more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, and look for gifts at Cata Chocolate.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco trip builder website.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Playas del Coco are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

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Adrenaline / Extreme Tour
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
4.9

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