17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica route planner

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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 nights
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Bogarin Trail and Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). Get outdoors at Paradise Hot Springs and Arenal 1968 Trail. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, take in nature's colorful creations at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary maker.

Miami, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): browse the fresh offerings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita and then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca journey planner.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trip

Uvita

— 3 nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica. Get in touch with nature at Playa Ventanas and Ballena Aventura. Go for a jaunt from Uvita to Ciudad Cortes to see San Buenas Golf Resort and Spa about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at Danyasa Eco-Retreat - Bamboo Yoga Play Studio, trek along Locos por el Bosque, tour the pleasant surroundings at Oro Verde Biological Reserve, and view the masterpieces at Magic Ananda.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Uvita trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio

— 3 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Espadilla Norte and Playas Gemelas. Escape the urban bustle at Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take a leisurely stroll along Marina Pez Vela, look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, and stroll around Parque Nahomi.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio vacation planner.

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Jaco

— 2 nights
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.
On the 27th (Wed), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then get great views at Mirador de Jaco, then ride a horse along Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding, and finally stop by Fruity Monkey Poop. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Mantas and then kick back and relax at Playa Blanca.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Jaco online holiday planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Jaco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Side Trip

Tamarindo

— 3 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Get outdoors at Potrero Beach and Playa Danta. Explore hidden gems such as Spas and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Reserva Conchal Golf Course (in Brasilito) and Playa Dantita (in Las Catalinas). There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo day trip app.

Drive from Jaco to Tamarindo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.