12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Porto
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  25​h
1
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
2
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Porto

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 10th (Wed), stop by Cho.co, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Chiquita, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and then identify plant and animal life at Nature Observatorio.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca travel route planning website .

Porto, Portugal to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is minus 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

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

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.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Uvita Beach and Playa Ventanas. Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, take in the exciting artwork at Magic Ananda, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Uvita trip planner .

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Dominical, Playa Ventanas
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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 15th (Mon), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Spas
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parasailing & Paragliding
Spas

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Butterfly Conservatory and Paradise Hot Springs. Escape the urban bustle at Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Tabacon Hot Springs. Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to El Castillo to see Arenal Eco Zoo about 38 minutes away. There's more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning site .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

El Castillo
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

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