15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Jose
— 2 nights
2
La Virgen
— 1 night
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
4
Rincon de La Vieja
— 1 night
5
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
6
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
7
Tamarindo
— 2 nights

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, thenlook for gifts at Chocolatería Sibú, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Toucan Rescue Ranch, and finally examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum and then cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip itinerary website.

Redmond, USA to San Jose is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Traveling from Redmond to San Jose, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer nights when traveling from Redmond in June since evenings lows in San Jose dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to La Virgen.

Things to do in San Jose

Wildlife Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

San Isidro
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

1
night
La Virgen

La Virgen ©
To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the La Virgen trip planner.

You can drive from San Jose to La Virgen in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in La Virgen

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Finca Sura
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Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park
Tirimbina Biological Reserve ©
Tirimbina Biological Reserve
Finca Sura ©
Finca Sura

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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.
On the 10th (Mon), witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, thenexplore the galleries of Onirica Art Gallery, thenview the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve. Keep things going the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then identify plant and animal life at Ecocentro Danaus.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from La Virgen to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rincon de La Vieja.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Rincon de La Vieja

Rincon de La Vieja ©
To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rincon de La Vieja road trip planning site.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Rincon de La Vieja in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Rincon de La Vieja National Park
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Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Rio Negro Hot Springs ©
Rio Negro Hot Springs

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nights
Playas del Coco

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco. Keep things going the next day: browse the exhibits of Alessandra Cola Art, thenexplore the galleries of Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, thentake in the exciting artwork at Hidden Garden Art Gallery, and finally visit Playa Ocotal.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco day trip app.

You can drive from Rincon de La Vieja to Playas del Coco in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Hidden Garden Art Gallery, Playa Ocotal
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Shark Diving
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco

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Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
On the 15th (Sat), explore the galleries of Koss Art Gallery, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Carrillo, and then kick back and relax at Samara Beach. On your second day here, take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Playa Guiones, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Garza, and finally admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Playa Samara route tool.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nosara, Playa Carrillo, Playa Garza
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Playa Carrillo ©
Playa Carrillo
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Playa Garza ©
Playa Garza

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Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 17th (Mon), step aboard Kingpin Sportfishing, thensee some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take in the exciting artwork at Lydia Beech Art Boutique. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Playa Conchal.

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Drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Lydia Beech Art Boutique ©
Lydia Beech Art Boutique
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Scuba & Snorkeling

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