17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
2
Drake Bay
— 1 night
3
Uvita
— 1 night
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
6
Monteverde
— 2 nights
7
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
8
Tamarindo
— 1 night

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): stroll through Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, thentour the pleasant surroundings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca journey planning site.

Vancouver, Canada to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Vancouver to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, Nature Observatorio
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

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Drake Bay

Cano Island has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Cano Island and then stroll through Naturaseekers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): stroll through Playa San Josecito and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Drake Bay trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Drake Bay takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cano Island ©
Cano Island

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): view the masterpieces at Magic Ananda, thentake a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally kick back and relax at Uvita Beach. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Uvita route planner.

You can drive from Drake Bay to Uvita in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Dominical
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, kick back and relax at Playa Espadilla Norte, and then view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty. Keep things going the next day: take in the local highlights with Mike’s Nature Tours.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte
The Captain's Booty ©
The Captain's Booty

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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.
On the 25th (Mon), surround yourself with nature on Ecocentro Danaus, thenrelax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs and then take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

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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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, thenmeet the residents at The Bat Jungle, and then get a dose of the wild on Monteverde Wild Hikes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Monteverde Wild Hikes ©
Monteverde Wild Hikes
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): kick back and relax at Samara Beach, thenkick back and relax at Barrigona Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at Koss Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carrillo, admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Garza.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Playa Samara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Carrillo, Playa Garza
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Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Playa Carrillo ©
Playa Carrillo
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach

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Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Azul Profundo Boutique ©
Azul Profundo Boutique

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