13 days in Costa Rica, Bocas Town & San Juan del Sur Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica, Bocas Town & San Juan del Sur Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 1 day
2
Uvita, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 1 day
4
Bocas Town, Panama
— 2 nights
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
6
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 3 nights

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Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Santa Teresa ©
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 7th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Santa Teresa, thenrelax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa.

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New Orleans, USA to Santa Teresa is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas & Wellness
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

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Uvita, Costa Rica

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 8th (Wed), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Uvita Beach, thenstroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, thenadmire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, and finally stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Uvita trip builder site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Santa Teresa to Uvita takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

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 10th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Puerto Viejo Beach and then admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

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Bocas Town, Panama

Bocas Town
The colorful and relaxed Bocas Town has a welcoming atmosphere, with the modestly sized urban area showcasing typical Caribbean clapboard houses and home to a mixed community from across the world.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Plastic Bottle Village, enjoy the sand and surf at Boca del Drago, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Starfish Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bocas Town itinerary site.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Bocas Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Bocas Town due to the time zone difference. In May in Bocas Town, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Starfish Beach
Starfish Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Boca del Drago ©
Boca del Drago

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): get a dose of the wild on Ecocentro Danaus, thenget interesting insight from Tours, and then take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs and then trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Bocas Town to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bocas Town to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus

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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

San Juan del Sur ©
Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa el Coco, thenkick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and then see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo San Juan del Sur. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Marsella Valley Nature Center, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Juan del Sur online road trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Juan del Sur in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in San Juan del Sur are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
San Juan del Sur Beach ©
San Juan del Sur Beach
Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours

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