19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Ferry
5
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Shuttle to Playa Panamá, Fly to Eugene

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Playas del Coco

— 2 nights

Coco Beach

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): admire the sheer force of Cataratas Llanos de Cortes, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, and then look for gifts at Cata Chocolate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then view the masterpieces at Costa Rica'n Art Craft, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Playas del Coco journey planner.

Eugene, USA to Playas del Coco is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Eugene to Playas del Coco. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 2 — 4:

Tamarindo

— 2 nights
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 5th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, then explore the activities along Potrero Beach, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then browse the exhibits of Lydia Beech Art Boutique, and then see Off-Road Tours.

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Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 4 — 6:

Playa Samara

— 2 nights
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.
On the 7th (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): kick back and relax at Samara Beach, see Off-Road Tours, and then stroll through Playa Carrillo.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Playa Samara route planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 8:

Santa Teresa

— 1 night
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.
On the 9th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa, then view the masterpieces at Bri'ah Art Gallery, and then see Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 9:

Manuel Antonio

— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take an exotic tour of Safari Adventures. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainmaker Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 11:

Uvita

— 3 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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Ventanas and Uvita Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and view the masterpieces at Magic Ananda.

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

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 14:

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 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.
On the 15th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach and then stroll through Nature Observatorio.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 16:

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Venado Caves and ChocoMuseo La Fortuna. Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and Off-Road Tours. There's lots more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, and trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday maker site.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 20:

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.