15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Start: Montreal, Quebec
Fly:  12 h 45 min
1
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h 15 min
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Nosara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Playas del Coco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h
End: Montreal, Quebec

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): stroll through Rainmaker Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): get interesting insight from Tours and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio day trip app.

Montreal, Canada to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 10.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montreal to Manuel Antonio. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Rainmaker Park
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach. Keep things going the next day: explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ventanas, and finally look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Uvita trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach and then stroll through Playa Cocles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, pick up some local products at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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 26th (Sat): stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, then view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, and finally take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): get to know the resident critters at Arenal Eco Zoo, then stroll through Butterfly Conservatory, and then trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary app.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

El Castillo
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Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, then stroll through Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde road trip planning app.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nosara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

2
nights
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
On the 29th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary and then kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Koss Art Gallery, get interesting insight from Tours, and then kick back and relax at Playa Garza.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nosara road trip site.

You can drive from Monteverde to Nosara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Nosara

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Samara, Playa Garza
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Horseback Riding Tours
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

3
nights
Playas del Coco

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Hermosa and River Rafting & Tubing. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Step out of Playas del Coco to go to Las Catalinas and see Playa Dantita, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts and look for gifts at Cata Chocolate.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nosara to Playas del Coco in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Playa Dantita
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 2:
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Scuba & Snorkeling
River Rafting & Tubing

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