15 days in Costa Rica & Nicaragua Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica & Nicaragua Itinerary

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Uvita, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
6
Leon, Nicaragua
— 2 nights

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Visiting Tamarindo Beach and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Monkey Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Costa Rica'n Art Craft (in Liberia) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Playas del Coco). The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo online travel planner.

Toronto, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Tamarindo is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Costa Rica'n Art Craft, River Rafting & Tubing, Scuba & Snorkeling
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River Rafting & Tubing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

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night
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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.
On the 15th (Wed), kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa route planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Spas

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Uvita, Costa Rica

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Uvita Beach and Playa Ventanas. Explore hidden gems such as Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. There's still lots to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, and stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Uvita journey planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Santa Teresa to Uvita in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Dominical, Playa Ventanas
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge

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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
On the 19th (Sun), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then stroll through Rainmaker Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Rainmaker Park
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Walking tours
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
Escape the urban bustle at La Fortuna Waterfall and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Paradise Hot Springs and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to El Castillo and see Butterfly Conservatory, which is approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, ride a horse along Arenal Wilberth Stables, and stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Leon.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

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Leon, Nicaragua

Leon ©
A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Las Penitas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church The Recollection, and finally visit Catedral de la Asunción.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Leon day trip planning website.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Leon in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 25°C. On the 25th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Leon

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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Playa Las Penitas ©
Playa Las Penitas
Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción
Church The Recollection ©
Church The Recollection

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