Still looking for that perfect combination of volcanos, waterfalls, beaches, surfing, wildlife & relaxation for your upcoming trip to Costa Rica? Got you!
There are few countries, that offer such a wide range of different activities and sights to see like Costa Rica does. In the beginning we were also overwhelmed, because we wanted to see EVERYTHING but at the same time not only spend our holidays in the car and changing locations everyday. So we put together a itenerary with only 6 STOPS and still offers all the things you HAVE to see + some relaxing beach days.
So let’s get started:
– San José / Fraijanes (3 nights) Part 1
– Quepos (3 nights) Part 2
– Uvita (4 nights) Part 2
– Corcovado National Park (3 nights) Part 3
– Uvita (2 nights) Part 2
– San José (1 night)
1. San José / Fraijanes
You’ll arrive at the capital of Costa Rica, San José. This city doesn’t have much to offer, so rent a car and stay somewhere in the northern hills. Our Airbnb was located in Fraijanes, a 30 min. drive from the airport.
From there you can visit the two waterfalls:
You can even do a daytrip to the most popular Volcano El Arenal, which is a 3 hour drive.
Not so touristy like Jaco but offering beautiful beaches and very good restaurants.
There’s a small little surf spot located at the playa espadilla next to playa playitas. A lesson is 40 dollars here.
We skipped on that, because it’s said to be very crowded but the beach is still very beautiful and you can see lot’s of animals there if you leave the pathway.
Known for it’s wale tale shaped beach front this is a dreamy surfer village with a very relaxed atmosphere.
The boat ride takes 1 hour but you can see sea turtles, sting rays and even dolphins & wales here.
4. Corcovado National Park
A rather expensive place due to the proximity to the Corcovado National Park, where basically all species native to Costa Rica can be found. Please make sure you have a 4×4 car because you need to cross 6 rivers to get there. No problem in dry season but can be very challenging in rainy season. Find the climate chart here.
Because the drive back to San José is a little too long from Corcovado we stayed two more nights in Uvita and enjoyed some of the best sunsets at the beach we ever had. You can leave this spot open for everything in between San José and Corcovado for the place you liked the most.
6. San José
We had an early morning flight, so we booked an airbnb near the airport to quickly return the car and take the flight back.
For us this 2 weeks were the perfect combination between experiencing this beautiful country and actually making this a relaxed vacation. We’ll be getting into details in our next blogposts about accommodations, restaurants & the best beaches.
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Enjoy your trip & Pura Vida,