17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
San Jose
— 1 night
bus:  4​h 15​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
shuttle:  5​h
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
4
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 15​min
5
Uvita
— 4 nights
+4
bus + foot + bus + foot + bus:  9​h
6
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Portland

1
night
San Jose

San Jose
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Jose trip site .

Portland, USA to San Jose is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Portland in June since evenings lows in San Jose dip to 67°F. On the 27th (Wed), you'll travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday builder .

Getting from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Find places to stay Jun 27 — 30:
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): shop like a local with Arte Jaguar Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then stop by Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Monteverde trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 2:
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Zipline
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

3
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.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, nature, nightlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online vacation planner .

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 5:
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

4
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.
When in Uvita, make a side trip to see Nature & Wildlife Tours in Ballena, approximately 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, take in the dramatic scenery at Nauyaca Waterfalls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Uvita Beach, and explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Uvita trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Dominical, Nature & Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 9:
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Nauyaca Waterfalls ©
Nauyaca Waterfalls

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Puerto Viejo Beach and then admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca route maker tool .

Traveling by car from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cahuita National Park
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 11:
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Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park

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