53 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

53 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 1 night
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Uvita
— 1 night
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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San Juanillo
— 45 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights

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San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Spirogyra Butterfly Garden, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and then stop by Chieton Moren. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Top Travel Costa Rica, get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Jose day trip website.

Mexico City, Mexico to San Jose is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in December: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Uvita.

Things to do in San Jose

Wildlife · Tours · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 15:
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Spirogyra Butterfly Garden ©
Spirogyra Butterfly Garden
Photography Tours

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): stroll through Oro Verde Biological Reserve, hike along Locos por el Bosque, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Uvita trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Uvita takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:
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Locos por el Bosque ©
Locos por el Bosque
Spas & Wellness

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Espadilla Norte. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Spas. There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and see Off-Road Tours.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow time for travel to San Juanillo.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte

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San Juanillo

San Juanillo ©
Get in touch with nature at San Juanillo Beach and Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Juanillo sightseeing site.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to San Juanillo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. You'll set off for La Fortuna de San Carlos on the 2nd (Tue).

Things to do in San Juanillo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — Feb 2:
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San Juanillo Beach ©
San Juanillo Beach
Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge ©
Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge

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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, then hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and then take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, get interesting insight from Tours, and then stroll through Bogarin Trail.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from San Juanillo to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Los Lagos Hot Springs ©
Los Lagos Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
River Rafting & Tubing

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