19 days in Costa Rica & Chicago Itinerary

19 days in Costa Rica & Chicago Itinerary

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Cahuita, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
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Jaco, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Uvita, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Chicago, United States
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San Jose, Costa Rica

A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): stop by Chieton Moren.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose tour itinerary maker tool.

Chicago, USA to San Jose is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. In May, San Jose is a bit warmer than Chicago - with highs of 82°F and lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for the shuttle ride to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Shopping
Highlights from your trip

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Venado Caves, Arenal Volcano and Baldi Hot Springs. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio, then stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Coco Loco Art Studio & Gallery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday builder tool.

You can take a shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. On the 31st (Fri), you'll travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

— 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.
You've now added Indulgence Spa to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll travel to Cahuita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cahuita, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica as well as Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. On the 2nd (Sun), stroll through Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park and then get your game on at Yesland Mini Golf.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cahuita online road trip planner.

Cahuita is just a stone's throw from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. In June, daily temperatures in Cahuita can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Puerto Limon.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Fun & Games

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Buttercup Center.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Limon travel planner.

Traveling by car from Cahuita to Puerto Limon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Puerto Limon are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. On the 4th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Puerto Limon

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites
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Jaco, Costa Rica

— 1 night
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.
To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Jaco trip builder site.

You can drive from Puerto Limon to Jaco in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. You will leave for Manuel Antonio on the 5th (Wed).

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

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.
Cafe Milagro Coffee Roasters has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the next day, indulge your taste buds at Cafe Milagro Coffee Roasters, then take in the local highlights with Mike’s Nature Tours, and then look for gifts at Jungle Avenue.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

Uvita, Costa Rica

— 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 7th (Fri): stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Marino Ballena.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Uvita driving holiday planning site.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Uvita

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

San Jose, Costa Rica

— 5 nights
Get a sense of the local culture at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and Museo Nacional De Costa Rica. Museum-lovers will get to explore Jade Museum and Museo Dr. Rafael Calderon Guardia. Venture out of the city with trips to Bosque de la Hoja (in Heredia), Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro (in Sarchi) and San Isidro (Toucan Rescue Ranch & Chocolatería Sibú). Enjoy San Jose some more: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana), enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Universidad de Costa Rica, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Uvita to San Jose in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Chicago, United States

— 1 day

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 15th (Sat), look for gifts at The Spice House, wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile, then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally stroll through Millennium Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Chicago road trip planning site.

You can fly from San Jose to Chicago in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.

Province of Limon travel guide

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National Parks · Nature & Wildlife Tours · Beaches
Puerto Limón, commonly known as Limón, is the capital city and main hub of Limón province, as well as of the cantón of Limón in Costa Rica. It is the sixth-largest city in Costa Rica, with a population of over 55,000, and is home of a multicultural community. Part of the community traces its roots to Italian, Jamaican and Chinese laborers who worked on a late nineteenth-century railroad project that connected San José to Puerto Limón. Until 1948, the Costa Rican government did not recognize Afro-Caribbean people as citizens and restricted their movement outside Limón province. As a result of this "travel ban", this Afro-Caribbean population became firmly established in the region, which influenced the decision to not move even after it was legally permitted. Nowadays, there is an important outflow of Limón natives who move to the country's Central Valley in search for better employment and education. The Afro-Caribbean community speaks Spanish and Limonese Creole, a creole of English.Puerto Limón contains two port terminals, Limón and Moín, which permit the shipment of Costa Rican exports as well as the anchoring of cruise ships. In 2016, the government pledged ₡93 million for a new cruise ship terminal for Puerto Limón.Health care is provided for the city by Hospital Dr. Tony Facio Castro. Two small islands, Uvita Island and Isla de Pájaros, are just offshore.HistoryColonizationChristopher Columbus first dropped anchor in Costa Rica in 1502 at Isla Uvita, just off the coast of Puerto Limón. The Atlantic coast, however, was left largely unexplored by Spanish settlers until the 19th century.

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