9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly + Drive:  33 h
1
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Taxi + Ferry:  3 h 45 min
2
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
4
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Fly:  32 h
End: Bangkok

1
night
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, then take in the exciting artwork at Bri'ah Art Gallery, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Santa Teresa journey builder.

Bangkok, Thailand to Santa Teresa is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Indochina Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -13 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Horseback Riding Tours
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
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 24th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then take in the exciting artwork at Magic Ananda, and finally kick back and relax at Playa Ventanas.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Uvita tour planning tool .

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Santa Teresa to Uvita in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa Ventanas, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Magic Ananda ©
Magic Ananda

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

To find maps and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Uvita to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations 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.

To find out how to plan a trip to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, use our trip itinerary maker.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

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