9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
+2
Fly + Bus + Shuttle:  11​h 30​min
1
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
2
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Jaco
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
+2
Shuttle + Bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Mexico City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with Luluberlu Art Gallery, kick back and relax at Playa Chiquita, and then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip planning site .

Mexico City, Mexico to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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.
On the 26th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and then enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Uvita road trip planner .

You can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): trot along with a tour on horseback, view the masterpieces at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Jaco trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Uvita to Jaco in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Horseback Riding Tours, River Rafting & Tubing
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Horseback Riding Tours
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts ©
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Conservatory, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Jaco to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Spas 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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