12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Eugene
Fly + Drive:  14​h 30​min
1
Jaco
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
4
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h
End: Eugene

1
day
Jaco

Jaco ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the exciting artwork at Bambu, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Tico Pod Art House & Gifts.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Jaco trip maker tool .

Eugene, USA to Jaco is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Eugene to Jaco, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Tico Pod Art House & Gifts ©
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts

2
nights
Manuel Antonio

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): get interesting insight from Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, and then shop like a local with The Captain's Booty. Keep things going the next day: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio holiday planner .

Drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

The Captain's Booty
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parasailing & Paragliding

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and finally stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Uvita online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Dominical
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
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.
Get outdoors at Punta Uva Beach and Nature Observatorio. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Veragua Rainforest Park and Playa Cocles. Change things up with a short trip to Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus in Puerto Limon (about 1h 05 min away). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner .

Drive from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Puerto Limon, Cahuita, Nature Observatorio
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

4
nights
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.
Appreciate the collections at Wood & Art Gallery and Onirica Art Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Tabacon Hot Springs and Butterfly Conservatory. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning app .

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. On the 24th (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

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