18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
7
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Playas del Coco

— 2 nights

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 13.5-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

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Tamarindo

— 2 nights
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 get outside with Outdoor Activities, 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

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Playa Samara

— 2 nights
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

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Uvita

— 2 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.
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: get outside with Outdoor Activities 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

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Off-Road Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Rainmaker Park (in Parrita) and Fruity Monkey Poop (in Jaco). There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll around Parque Nahomi, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio tour itinerary planner.

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.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trips

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.
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

Side Trip

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 discover tucked-away gems like Bogarin Trail and Coffee & Tea 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: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, 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

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.