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
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 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 10th (Wed), stop by Choco, then shop like a local with La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary planner.

Porto, Portugal to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Porto to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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

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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.
We've included these beaches for you: Uvita Beach and Playa Ventanas. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, browse the exhibits of Magic Ananda, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Uvita online visit planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Dominical, Ballena
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

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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 15th (Mon): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip site.

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to 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

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Butterfly Conservatory. Visiting Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Take a break from La Fortuna de San Carlos with a short trip to Arenal Eco Zoo in El Castillo, about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker app.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time 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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