15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  9 h
1
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h 15 min
4
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  10 h 30 min
End: Newark

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 15th (Wed), view the masterpieces at Costa Rica'n Art Craft.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Playas del Coco trip planner.

Newark, USA to Playas del Coco is an approximately 9- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Playas del Coco is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Costa Rica'n Art Craft
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco

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 17th (Fri): look for gifts at Galeria Aguas Verdes, stroll through Butterfly Conservatory, then stroll through Arenal Wilberth Stables, and finally trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, then get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), then browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery, and finally take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning site.

Drive from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), Butterfly Conservatory
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): pick up some local products at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ara Manzanillo, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then stroll through Playa Cocles.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca attractions planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Ara Manzanillo
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Ara Manzanillo ©
Ara Manzanillo
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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 21st (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Uvita Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store. On your second day here, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and then look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Uvita trip builder app.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Dominical
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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 23rd (Thu), walk around Parque Nahomi, get interesting insight from Tours, and then relax in the rural setting at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices. Here are some ideas for day two: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio road trip planning site.

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Parque Nahomi
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices ©
Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices
Parque Nahomi ©
Parque Nahomi

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 25th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Chorotega Arts & Crafts, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde tour itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Chorotega Arts & Crafts ©
Chorotega Arts & Crafts
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk

4
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore hidden gems such as Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Lydia Beech Art Boutique. Head to Nativa Gallery and EK Art Jewelryfor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Fishing Charters & Tours (in Playa Flamingo) and SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary (in Nosara). There's still lots to do: find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area and stop by Buena Nena.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip builder website.

Drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You will leave for home on the 29th (Wed).

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Nosara
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary

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