16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 3 nights

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Galeria Estudio. Escape the urban bustle at Bogarin Trail and Los Lagos Hot Springs. There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), stroll through Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, and take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Quebec City, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca — 3 nights

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Punta Uva and Playa Manzanillo. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at Indulgence Spa and get outside with Wahoo Fishing & Tours.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca vacation 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 taxi and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Uvita.
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Uvita — 3 nights

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. Step off the beaten path and head to Playa Ventanas and Oro Verde Biological Reserve. Step out of Uvita to go to Dominical and see Dominicalito Beach, which is approximately 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities, stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, and take in the exciting artwork at Magic Ananda.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Uvita trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Santa Teresa.
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Santa Teresa — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, view the masterpieces at Bri'ah Art Gallery, and then kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Santa Teresa trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Uvita to Santa Teresa in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.
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Playa Samara — 2 nights

A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach. Keep things going the next day: stop by Love Nosara, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Nosara Riversafari - Tours, and then view the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Playa Samara online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.
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Tamarindo — 2 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo itinerary builder.

Getting from Playa Samara to Tamarindo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.
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