16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Liberia
Drive:  4​h 30​min
1
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
5
Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Liberia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
End: San Jose

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.
Visit Playa Espadilla Norte and Playas Gemelas for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. When in Manuel Antonio, make a side trip to see Fishing Charters & Tours in Jaco, approximately Jaco away. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at La Playita, take in the waterfront at Marina Pez Vela, and take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio visit website .

Liberia to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Quepos, Fishing Charters & Tours
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Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte
Parasailing & Paragliding
Spas

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.
On the 13th (Fri), stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, admire the sheer force of Santa Lucia Falls, and then stroll through Playa Matapalo. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oro Verde Biological Reserve, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Uvita trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Matapalo, Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica
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Santa Lucia Falls ©
Santa Lucia Falls
Playa Matapalo ©
Playa Matapalo
Spas & Wellness

2
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.
On the 15th (Sun), view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, and finally take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Conservatory, get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), then view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio.

To see where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can drive from Uvita to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), Butterfly Conservatory
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Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

1
night
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 17th (Tue), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then view the masterpieces at Luluberlu Art Gallery.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Wildlife Shopping Museums
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Luluberlu Art Gallery ©
Luluberlu Art Gallery

3
nights
Playa Samara

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.
Visiting Playa Garza and Werner Sauter Biological Reserve will get you outdoors. Koss Art Gallery and MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: stroll through Playa Buena Vista, get outside with Water Dreams Costa Rica, take a memorable tour with Tours, and admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Playa Samara travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Playa Samara takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Liberia.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, Playa Garza
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Playa Garza ©
Playa Garza
Playa Buena Vista ©
Playa Buena Vista

3
nights
Liberia

Liberia ©
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Danta and Playa Dantita. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria and ArtWood Museum. When in Liberia, make a side trip to see Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts in Playas del Coco, approximately Playas del Coco away. The adventure continues: experience rural life at Tio Leo Coffee Tour, contemplate the long history of Church of La Ermita La Agonia, stop by Souvenirs La gran Nicoya, and view the masterpieces at Hidden Garden Art Gallery.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Liberia trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Playa Samara to Liberia by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Liberia

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Las Catalinas, Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts
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Hidden Garden Art Gallery ©
Hidden Garden Art Gallery
Playa Danta ©
Playa Danta
Playa Dantita ©
Playa Dantita

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