9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Calgary
+3
Fly + Foot + Bus + Taxi:  15​h 45​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
4
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h
End: Calgary

1
night
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 20th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): shop like a local with Onirica Art Gallery, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planner .

Calgary, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Calgary to La Fortuna de San Carlos is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas
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Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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 22nd (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, kick back and relax at Playa Chiquita, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Observatorio.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally kick back and relax at Playa Ventanas. On your second day here, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then shop like a local with Magic Ananda, and then stroll through Uvita Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Uvita trip 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): take a memorable tour with Tours.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Playas del Coco journey planner.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Playas del Coco takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. On the 27th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
River Rafting & Tubing
Spas

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