18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip maker

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Jaco
— 2 nights
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Uvita
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Playas del Coco
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Off-Road Tours and Costa Rica Dreams Sportfishing. Step out of the city life by going to Carara National Park and Jungle Crocodile Safari. It doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts.

Make your Jaco itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Cancun, Mexico to Jaco is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cancun to Jaco is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Get in touch with nature at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Uvita Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Uvita Waterfall. There's much more to do: ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, get interesting insight from Tours, and whizz through the canopy at Hacienda Baru Lodge.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Uvita trip builder.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Uvita takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Relax by the water at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Espadilla Norte. Explore hidden gems such as Safari Adventures and Skydive Costa Rica. There's lots more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll around Manuel Antonio National Park, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

Monteverde

— 2 nights
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 12th (Sat), stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Ecological Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip builder site.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. December in Monteverde sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Shopping

Playas del Coco

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and then stop by Cata Chocolate.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Monteverde to Playas del Coco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bogarin Trail and Butterfly Conservatory. Kids will enjoy La Fortuna Waterfall and River Rafting & Tubing. There's lots more to do: trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery, witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

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 (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, kick back and relax at Playa Cocles, and then stroll through Punta Uva Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca travel route planning app.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.4
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.