18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
7
Nicoya
— 2 nights

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©

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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.
Visiting Playa Cocles and Cahuita National Park will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Puerto Viejo Beach and La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Talamanca Family Art.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca journey planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Zurich to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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National Park
Cahuita National Park
4.8
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Beach
Playa Cocles
4.5

2
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Tabacon Hot Springs. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs, push the limits with an extreme tour, and take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip app.

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 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Spas · Outdoors
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Hot Spring
Tabacon Hot Springs
4.4

3
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): look for gifts at Meli Melo Boutique and then look for gifts at Super Joseth. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, get interesting insight from Tours, and then look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

Find out how to plan Manuel Antonio trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Shopping · Adventure · Parks

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa
5.0

2
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Avellana. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Hermosa and Tamarindo Beach. Go for a jaunt from Tamarindo to Playa Conchal to see Playa Conchal about 38 minutes away.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo route maker app.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Tamarindo by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
4.5

2
nights
Playa Samara

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 28th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Samara Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Guiones. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Koss Art Gallery and then kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Playa Samara tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping

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Beach
Samara Beach
4.4

2
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Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
On the 30th (Wed), kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa, then kick back and relax at Playa Carmen, and then look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then stroll through Playa Hermosa.

Before you visit Santa Teresa, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Nicoya.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Spas
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Must see
Playa Hermosa
4.3
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Beach
Playa Carmen
4.4

2
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Nicoya

Nicoya ©
Nicoya, a city on the Nicoya Peninsula of the Guanacaste province, Costa Rica, is one of the country's most important tourist zones; it serves as a transport hub to Guanacaste's beaches and national parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Puerto Carrillo and then kick back and relax at Playa Manzanillo.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nicoya day trip site.

Getting from Santa Teresa to Nicoya by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nicoya

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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