18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Gulf of Papagayo
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Gulf of Papagayo
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Juanillo
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive to Limon International Airport, Fly to London Heathrow Airport

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Gulf of Papagayo

A concerted development project by the government given Gulf of Papagayo a growing number of luxury and all inclusive resort complexes and turned it into one of the country's leading holiday destinations.
Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa, then trot along with La Montana Club Ecuestre, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Gulf of Papagayo trip maker app.

London, UK to Gulf of Papagayo is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to San Juanillo.

Things to do in Gulf of Papagayo

Outdoors · Golf · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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San Juanillo

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Juanillo tour itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Gulf of Papagayo to San Juanillo in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Juanillo

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Bogarin Trail and Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge. Get some cultural insight at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Galeria Estudio. There's still lots to do: hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and ride a horse along Arenal Wilberth Stables.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary maker app.

Getting from San Juanillo to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

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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.
On the 8th (Wed), take the plunge with Skydive Costa Rica and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Espadilla Norte. Keep things going the next day: kick your exploration up a notch at Zip Coaster, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and finally stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio online travel route planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trip

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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.
On the 10th (Fri), look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, then take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and then stroll through Oro Verde Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on Ultralight Tour, stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Uvita trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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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 12th (Sun): stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, then view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery, and finally deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through Monteverde Tours CR. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Monteverde Massage, and then admire the masterpieces at Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip planner.

Getting from Uvita to Monteverde by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

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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.
Visit Punta Uva Beach and Playa Cocles for some beach relaxation. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Luluberlu Art Gallery and Nature Riders. There's more to do: get interesting insight from Tours and stroll through Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Monteverde to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 17th (Fri).

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

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.