15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Missoula
Fly + Drive:  17 h 30 min
1
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Taxi + Ferry:  3 h 45 min
3
Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
6
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  20 h 30 min
End: Missoula

2
nights
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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Hermosa will get you outdoors. For shopping fun, head to Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts or Lis Umana Beachwear. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playas del Coco: Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria (in Liberia) and Rio Negro Hot Springs (in Rincon de La Vieja). There's more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Rincon de La Vieja National Park and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco online road trip planner.

Missoula, USA to Playas del Coco is an approximately 17.5- hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Missoula to Playas del Coco. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Missoula in December, with highs in Playas del Coco at 82°F and lows at 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria, Rincon de La Vieja National Park, Playa Hermosa, Rio Negro Hot Springs
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park

1
night
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): stroll through Playa Hermosa, then take in the exciting artwork at Bri'ah Art Gallery, and then see Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Santa Teresa road trip planning site.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Santa Teresa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

3
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Uvita Beach and Playa Ventanas. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Nauyaca Waterfalls. Go for a jaunt from Uvita to Manuel Antonio to see Walking tours about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Uvita trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Santa Teresa to Uvita in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Dominical, Walking tours, Playa Ventanas
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Nauyaca Waterfalls ©
Nauyaca Waterfalls
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Walking tours

2
nights
Jaco

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Carara National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trot along with a tour on horseback, see Off-Road Tours, and then view the masterpieces at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Jaco itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Uvita to Jaco in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Carara National Park, Horseback Riding Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park
Off-Road Tours

2
nights
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 25th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, walk around Bogarin Trail, and then pick up some new knowledge with ChocoMuseo La Fortuna. Keep things going the next day: take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, then trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and then take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Jaco to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
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.
On the 27th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles. On your second day here, stop by Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate and then browse the fresh offerings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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

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