16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Brussels
+4
train + Fly + bus + foot + bus:  20​h 30​min
1
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
2
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Fly + train:  17​h 45​min
End: Brussels

1
night
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.
On the 30th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Chiquita, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Nature Observatorio.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip planning tool .

Brussels, Belgium to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Brussels to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, Nature Observatorio
Highlights from your plan
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach

1
night
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 2nd (Tue): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then take in the exciting artwork at Magic Ananda, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, kick back and relax at Playa Ventanas, then take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and finally stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Uvita day trip site .

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Dominical, Playa Ventanas
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parasailing & Paragliding and Rainmaker Park. Get outdoors at Zipline and Playa Manuel Antonio. Take a break from Manuel Antonio with a short trip to Horseback Riding Tours in Esterillos Este, about 56 minutes away. It doesn't end there: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planner .

Drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Quepos, Rainmaker Park, Horseback Riding Tours
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park

2
nights
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde trip website .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Zipline

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Los Lagos Hot Springs and Butterfly Conservatory. Escape the urban bustle at Paradise Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, look for all kinds of wild species at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, and explore by horseback at Arenal Wilberth Stables.

For ratings and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano, Butterfly Conservatory
Highlights from your plan
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs

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