18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
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Uvita
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and then look for gifts at Lis Umana Beachwear. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria, stroll through Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Playas del Coco road trip website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Playas del Coco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Playas del Coco. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

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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 17th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Potrero Beach. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo road trip site.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

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Water Body
Potrero Beach
4.2
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Spa
Spas
4.7

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Playa Samara trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Playa Samara

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Horseback Riding Tour
Horseback Riding Tours
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Spas
5.0

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Uvita

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ventanas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Tours and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Uvita trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Uvita in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of car and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

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Beach
Uvita Beach
4.4
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching
4.2

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. Venture out of the city with trips to Rainmaker Park (in Parrita) and Jaco (Fruity Monkey Poop & Off-Road Tours). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and walk around Parque Nahomi.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing
4.8
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Spas
4.8
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Rainmaker Park
4.5

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then stroll through Playa Cocles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Uva Beach.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bogarin Trail and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to El Castillo to see Butterfly Conservatory about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), expand your horizons at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, and take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

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Nature / Park
Butterfly Conservatory
4.7
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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
4.9

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