9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Lima
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Santa Teresa
— 1 day
taxi + ferry:  3​h 45​min
2
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Lima

1
day
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 2nd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Carmen, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Santa Teresa trip builder website .

Lima, Peru to Santa Teresa is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Lima to Santa Teresa, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas & Wellness

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 3rd (Mon): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, and finally look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Uvita itinerary maker site .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see reviews and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Uvita to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours

1
night
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 6th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, then hike along Ecocentro Danaus, then delve into the lush surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, and finally shop like a local with Galeria Estudio.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

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 7th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tarantulas Way, and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, kick back and relax at Playa Chiquita, and then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca attractions planner .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cahuita
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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