16 days in Punta Cana & Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Punta Cana & Costa Rica Itinerary

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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
— 4 nights
Fly
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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Jaco, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

— 4 nights
In an area boasting beaches that face both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, vacations in Punta Cana have been popular with tourists since the early 1970s.
When in Punta Cana, make a side trip to see Altos de Chavon in La Romana, approximately La Romana away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Bavaro Beach, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, tee off at Punta Espada Golf Course, and stroll through Macao Beach.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Punta Cana trip itinerary builder site.

Osorno, Chile to Punta Cana is an approximately 19-hour flight. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Osorno in March: highs in Punta Cana hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can fly to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors · Tours · Golf · Parks

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 4 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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, explore and take pictures at Cabalgata Don Tobias, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planner.

Fly from Punta Cana to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 8 hours. Traveling from Punta Cana to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
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Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 1 night
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
On the 7th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip planning app.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife
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Jaco, Costa Rica

— 1 night
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaco day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Jaco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: see Off-Road Tours and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

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Tortuguero, Costa Rica

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 11th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tortuguero trip builder website.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In April, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
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Vara Blanca, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Vara Blanca takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
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.