12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Boston
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Bus:  14 h 45 min
1
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
3
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Boston

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 21st (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach. On the next day, look for gifts at Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary tool.

Boston, USA to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 15- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

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 Bogarin Trail and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Galeria Estudio. Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to El Castillo to see Butterfly Conservatory about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, browse the exhibits of Wood & Art Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Senderos Los Tucanes, and view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos tour builder website.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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River Rafting & Tubing
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, stroll through Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Ventanas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Uvita trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Uvita in 5.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Dominical, Playa Ventanas
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Manuel Antonio and Off-Road Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at River Rafting & Tubing and Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop. Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Rainmaker Park (in Parrita) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Jaco). There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Quepos, Jaco, Rainmaker Park
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Horseback Riding Tours

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