20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
2
Uvita
— 2 nights
3
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
5
Monteverde
— 2 nights
6
Playa Samara
— 3 nights
7
Playas del Coco
— 3 nights

1
night
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.
On the 11th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, thenstroll through La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Nature Observatorio and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca road trip site.

Washington DC, USA to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

2
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Uvita Beach and Playa Ventanas. There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, and view the masterpieces at Magic Ananda.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Uvita route planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Playa Ventanas, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©

3
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Manuel Antonio and Horseback Riding Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and The Captain's Booty. There's still lots to do: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, stop by Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, and walk around Parque Nahomi.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Quepos, Horseback Riding Tours
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 18:
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Horseback Riding Tours

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Wood & Art Gallery and Onirica Art Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano. The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and surround yourself with nature on Ecocentro Danaus.

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You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 21:
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

2
nights
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 22nd (Fri): look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Chorotega Arts & Crafts, tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

3
nights
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.
Appreciate the collections at Koss Art Gallery and MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY. Step off the beaten path and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Playa Garza. Step out of Playa Samara with an excursion to SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary in Nosara--about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach, stroll through Samara Beach, and hunt for treasures at Samara Farmers Market.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Playa Samara trip builder.

You can drive from Monteverde to Playa Samara in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Nosara, Playa Garza
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Horseback Riding Tours
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary

3
nights
Playas del Coco

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. Get some cultural insight at Alessandra Cola Art and Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts. Change things up with a short trip to Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Playa Flamingo (about 1h 5 min away). There's still lots to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour and look for gifts at Cata Chocolate.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Playas del Coco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 1:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

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