17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Fortuna, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Liberia, Fly to London Heathrow

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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): admire the sheer force of San Luis Waterfall, explore and take pictures at Ecological Sanctuary, and then take an in-depth tour of Chorotega Arts & Crafts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sustainability Demonstration Center, then look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde driving holiday planner.

London, UK to Monteverde is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

3
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Uvita Beach and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Explore hidden gems such as Uvita Waterfall and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ventanas.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Uvita holiday maker tool.

Drive from Monteverde to Uvita in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

2
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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.
You've now added Jaguar Rescue Center to your itinerary. On the 14th (Tue), get a dose of the wild on Jaguar Rescue Center, then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles, and then stroll through Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Nature Observatorio and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Uva Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary planning website.

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

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

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 16th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos, take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs. On your second day here, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, stroll through Butterfly Conservatory, then contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), then browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation maker tool.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

2
nights
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.
On the 18th (Sat), stroll through Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Cata Chocolate, view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, and finally tee off at Four Seasons Golf Club.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Playas del Coco trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playas del Coco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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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 (Mon): take a memorable tour with Tours, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Flamingo, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Danta. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then have some family-friendly fun at Bolas Locas Mini Golf.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trips

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Buena Vista, stroll through Werner Sauter Biological Reserve, then take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall, and finally view the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Koss Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara trip maker site.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.