15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Costour. On the next day, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through Costour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco trip tool.

London, UK to Playas del Coco is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Playas del Coco is minus 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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 23rd (Sat): get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then push the limits with an extreme tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tamarindo Church, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo online tour planner.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Nosara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Nosara

Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): trot along with a tour on horseback, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, and then stroll through SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nosara trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Nosara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Nosara

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Horseback Riding Tours
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary

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 26th (Tue), surround yourself with nature on Ecocentro Danaus, thenstroll through Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, thenhike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, thencontemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), thenstroll through Butterfly Conservatory, and finally get to know the resident critters at Arenal Eco Zoo.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos route maker website.

You can drive from Nosara to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can 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

2
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.
On the 28th (Thu), kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach, stroll through Nature Observatorio, and then admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Ceiba, pick up some local products at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca attractions planner.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, Nature Observatorio
Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 1:
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

1
night
Uvita

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, thenstop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then kick back and relax at Playa Ventanas.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Uvita road trip planner.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Nauyaca Waterfalls Nature Park, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Playa Ventanas
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 3:
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

2
nights
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 4th (Mon), skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then walk around Parque Nahomi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, thentrot along with a tour on horseback, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainmaker Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio travel route website.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Horseback Riding Tours, Rainmaker Park, Parque Nahomi
Find places to stay Mar 3 — 5:
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Horseback Riding Tours

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