17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive
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Drake Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Ferry
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playas del Coco
— 3 nights
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Butterfly Conservatory and Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Off-Road Tours and Bogarin Trail. There's more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs and savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip tool.

Porto, Portugal to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Porto to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Playa Punta Uva and Playa Cocles. Take a break from the city and head to Nature Observatorio and Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca holiday builder website.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Drake Bay

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Cano Island. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Drake Bay trip builder app.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Drake Bay by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Tours

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.
On the 17th (Sun), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Uvita Beach and then get a dose of the wild on Ultralight Tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Uvita attractions planning website.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Uvita takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
On the 19th (Tue), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then take an exotic tour of Safari Adventures.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio online itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Santa Teresa

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa travel route builder app.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa by ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Spas

Playas del Coco

— 3 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.
On the 22nd (Fri), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa and then take in the exciting artwork at Hidden Garden Art Gallery.

Plan trip to Playas del Coco with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Playas del Coco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Beaches · Tours · Wildlife

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.