15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
2
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
3
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
6
Uvita
— 1 night
7
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
8
Monteverde
— 2 nights

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): see Off-Road Tours, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally kick back and relax at Playa Buena Vista. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project, and then stroll through SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Playa Samara online attractions planner.

London, UK to Playa Samara is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Playa Samara. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 4:
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Horseback Riding Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary

2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see Off-Road Tours, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and finally add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Keep things going the next day: stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo day trip planner.

You can 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 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Kayaking & Canoeing
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 6:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Kayaking & Canoeing
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
night
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 7th (Fri): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see reviews and more tourist information, use the Playas del Coco trip app.

Drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 7:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
River Rafting & Tubing
Shark Diving

2
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 8th (Sat), admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, then trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, then stroll through Butterfly Conservatory, and finally get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano).

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning app.

Getting from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 9:
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

1
night
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 10th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, browse the fresh offerings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 10:
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

1
night
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 11th (Tue): stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, get interesting insight from Tours, and then stroll through Uvita Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: trot along with a tour on horseback, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Uvita trip site.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Dominical
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 12:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

Discover how to plan a Manuel Antonio trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Uvita to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Spas
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 13:
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Walking tours
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, then look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle. On your second day here, examine the collection at Chorotega Arts & Crafts, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and finally admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

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