16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
2
Uvita
— 2 nights
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
4
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
5
Playa Samara
— 3 nights
6
Liberia
— 3 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Playas Gemelas. Get outdoors at Playa Espadilla Norte and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Step out of Manuel Antonio with an excursion to Fishing Charters & Tours in Jaco--about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Playita, view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty, and take a leisurely stroll along Marina Pez Vela.

Before you visit Manuel Antonio, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Liberia to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, admire the sheer force of Santa Lucia Falls, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Matapalo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica, then stroll through Oro Verde Biological Reserve, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Uvita attractions website.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

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), take in the exciting artwork 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 witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs. On your second day here, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Conservatory, then get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), then explore the galleries of Onirica Art Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos visit planner.

You can drive from Uvita to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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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Los Lagos Hot Springs ©
Los Lagos 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), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then take in the exciting artwork at Luluberlu Art Gallery.

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Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 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

Tours · Museums · Outdoors
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Garza and Playa Buena Vista. Koss Art Gallery and MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Werner Sauter Biological Reserve, cast your line with a fishing tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara trip 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

Playa Garza, MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria and Costa Rica'n Art Craft. Relax by the water at Playa Dantita and Playa Danta. Step out of Liberia to go to Playas del Coco and see Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: relax in the rural setting at Tio Leo Coffee Tour, explore the world behind art at ArtWood Museum, stop by Souvenirs La gran Nicoya, and sample the tasty concoctions at Maderos Brewery.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Liberia trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Playa Samara to Liberia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 · Outdoors · 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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