15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

1
night
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.
On the 20th (Wed), take in the local highlights with Mike’s Nature Tours. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio driving holiday planner.

San Jose to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Mike’s Nature Tours
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Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
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.
On the 22nd (Fri), skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Uvita Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and finally look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Uvita trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Nosara.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©

1
night
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): stroll through SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nosara Refuge for Wildlife and then kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach.

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Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Uvita to Nosara in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Nosara

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Samara
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Horseback Riding Tours
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): push the limits with an extreme tour, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then look for gifts at EK Art Jewelry. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, thentake a memorable tour with Tours, and then take a tour of Kingpin Sportfishing.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Tamarindo using our trip planner.

You can drive from Nosara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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.
On the 28th (Thu), meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Playas del Coco journey planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Shark Diving

1
night
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.
On the 1st (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), thenget to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, and finally view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde tour builder website.

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, surround yourself with nature on Ecocentro Danaus, thentour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio. Here are some ideas for day two: get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), thenstroll through Butterfly Conservatory, and then get to know the resident critters at Arenal Eco Zoo.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip maker.

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

El Castillo, Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
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Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

3
nights
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Punta Uva Beach and La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita. Get outdoors at Veragua Rainforest Park and Nature Observatorio. Step out of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to go to Puerto Limon and see Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles and take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca journey planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Manzanillo, Puerto Limon, Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

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