18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Gulf of Papagayo
— 2 nights
2
San Juanillo
— 1 night
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
5
Uvita
— 2 nights
6
Monteverde
— 2 nights
7
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights

2
nights
Gulf of Papagayo

Gulf of Papagayo ©
A concerted development project by the government given Gulf of Papagayo a growing number of luxury and all inclusive resort complexes and turned it into one of the country's leading holiday destinations.
Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa, thentrot along with La Montana Club Ecuestre, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Gulf of Papagayo trip maker app.

London, UK to Gulf of Papagayo is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to San Juanillo.

Things to do in Gulf of Papagayo

Outdoors Golf Parks

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa, Four Seasons Golf Club
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco
La Montana Club Ecuestre ©
La Montana Club Ecuestre

1
night
San Juanillo

San Juanillo
To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Juanillo tour itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Gulf of Papagayo to San Juanillo in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Juanillo

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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3
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Bogarin Trail and Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge. Get some cultural insight at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Galeria Estudio. There's much more to do: trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, take a pleasant ride with Arenal Wilberth Stables, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday builder website.

Drive from San Juanillo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
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 8th (Wed), take the plunge with Skydive Costa Rica, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Espadilla Norte, and then explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park. Keep things going the next day: kick your exploration up a notch at Zip Coaster, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, thenglide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and finally stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio planning tool.

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 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trip

Quepos
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Skydive Costa Rica ©
Skydive Costa Rica
Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte
Zip Coaster ©
Zip Coaster

2
nights
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 10th (Fri), look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and then stroll through Oro Verde Biological Reserve. On your second day here, surround yourself with nature on Ultralight Tour, thentake a tour by water with Diablo Sportfishing, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Uvita trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Diablo Sportfishing ©
Diablo Sportfishing

2
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Monteverde

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, thenview the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery, and finally deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through Monteverde Tours CR. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, thenindulge in some personalized pampering at Monteverde Massage, and then admire the masterpieces at Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip planner.

Getting from Uvita to Monteverde by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Chorotega Arts & Crafts ©
Chorotega Arts & Crafts

3
nights
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.
Visit Punta Uva Beach and Playa Cocles for some beach relaxation. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Luluberlu Art Gallery and Nature Riders. There's more to do: get interesting insight from Tours and stroll through Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Monteverde to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You will leave for home on the 17th (Fri).

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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