16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Playa Flamingo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Uvita
— 1 night
ferry + taxi:  3​h 45​min
6
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  2​h
7
Gulf of Papagayo
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Austin

2
nights
Playa Flamingo

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
On the 10th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Park, then explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, and then cast your line with a fishing tour. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Playa Flamingo holiday website .

Austin, USA to Playa Flamingo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

Monkey Park, Pura Aventura
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura

3
nights
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 12th (Thu): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through The Bat Jungle, then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Playa Flamingo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Adventure
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Zipline
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena

3
nights
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 discover tucked-away gems like Ecocentro Danaus and Venado Caves. There's lots more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, and admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary website .

Drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trip

Venado Caves
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 17:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Parasailing & Paragliding. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, delve into the lush surroundings at Kids Saving the Rain Forest, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trip

Quepos
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 20:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Parasailing & Paragliding
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, then admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, and then look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Uvita trip planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Uvita by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 21:
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

1
night
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
On the 22nd (Sun), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then stroll through Playa Hermosa.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Santa Teresa trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Uvita to Santa Teresa in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Gulf of Papagayo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 22:
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
Gulf of Papagayo

Gulf of Papagayo ©
A concerted development project by the government given Gulf of Papagayo a growing number of luxury and all inclusive resort complexes and turned it into one of the country's leading holiday destinations.
On the 23rd (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Gulf of Papagayo trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Santa Teresa to Gulf of Papagayo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gulf of Papagayo

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Cata Chocolate
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Cata Chocolate ©
Cata Chocolate

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