12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
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Uvita
— 1 night
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights

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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.
On the 9th (Tue), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then browse the fresh offerings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have some family-friendly fun at Yesland Mini Golf, then admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then look for gifts at Choco, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary builder tool.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Cahuita
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La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita ©
La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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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 11th (Thu), stroll through Uvita Beach, stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and finally stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ventanas, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Uvita travel route planner.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Dominical, Playa Ventanas
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

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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 13th (Sat): stroll around Parque Nahomi, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then admire all the interesting features of Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Parque Nahomi
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices ©
Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices
Parque Nahomi ©
Parque Nahomi

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): surround yourself with nature on Ecocentro Danaus, stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, get outside with El Salto, then explore the galleries of Onirica Art Gallery, and finally take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Galeria Aguas Verdes, tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Conservatory, then trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and finally take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip maker.

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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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.
On the 17th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Con Mucho Gusto, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then push the limits with an extreme tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
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Papaya Con Leche ©
Papaya Con Leche

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