17 days in Puerto Rico & Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Puerto Rico & Costa Rica Itinerary

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Culebra, Puerto Rico
— 2 nights
Fly to Vieques, Taxi to Isla de Vieques
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Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
— 2 nights
Fly
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Shuttle to San José, Fly to Tamarindo
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Culebra, Puerto Rico

— 2 nights

Little Island

With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.
On the 12th (Sat), kick back and relax at Playa Punta Soldado Beach, kick back and relax at Playa Zoni, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Flamenco Beach.

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San Francisco, USA to Culebra is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from San Francisco to Culebra due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Culebra: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 79°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in Culebra

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico

— 3 nights

Isla Nena

For sixty years until 2003, most of the Isla de Vieques was closed off to the public, with the US Navy using the island's beaches and surrounding waters for drills and testing of new military machinery, such as bombs.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa La Chiva and Horseback Riding Tours. There's much more to do: stroll through Playa Caracas, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and enjoy the sand and surf at Balneario Sun Bay.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Isla de Vieques trip itinerary tool.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Culebra to Isla de Vieques in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or ride a ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to San Juan.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

San Juan, Puerto Rico

— 2 nights

Walled City

Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S. jurisdiction and one of the oldest in the Americas.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Basilica Menor de San Juan Bautista, then take a stroll through Old San Juan, and then get to know the fascinating history of Paseo de la Princesa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Las Americas, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitio Histórico de San Juan, and then stroll the grounds of Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Juan road trip planner.

Getting from Isla de Vieques to San Juan by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and shuttle. In June, daytime highs in San Juan are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to fly to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Juan

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 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 Coffee & Tea Tours and Los Lagos Hot Springs. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online attractions planner.

You can fly from San Juan to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 8.5 hours. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio online route planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 24th (Thu), look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then see Off-Road Tours. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip maker site.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Manuel Antonio to Tamarindo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours · Outdoors · Spas · Shopping

Side Trip

Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

— 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 26th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Costa Rica'n Art Craft, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Playas del Coco day trip planning website.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Spas

Side Trips

Puerto Rico travel guide

4.5
Historic Walking Areas · Beaches · Forests
A U.S. territory encompassing one big island and several smaller ones, Puerto Rico appeals to visitors from around the globe with its rich history, pleasant climate, natural beauty, and renowned local cuisine. Most tourists take a vacation in Puerto Rico for that classic seaside experience, though the island offers much more than just sun and sand. Tours of Puerto Rico usually start in the city of San Juan, which boasts a trendy bar scene and plenty of art museums for visitors looking to add a bit of culture to their vacation. A short drive from the island's urban centers, pristine rainforests serve as peaceful retreats from the city bustle and ensure plenty of chances to spot wildlife and take exhilarating nature walks.

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.