15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: London
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  18​h 45​min
1
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
5
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: London

2
nights
Manuel Antonio

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Parasailing & Paragliding and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Zipline and Horseback Riding Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Rainmaker Park in Parrita (about 46 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, and walk around Parque Nahomi.

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London, UK to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Quepos, Rainmaker Park, Horseback Riding Tours
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Zipline

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Relax by the water at Uvita Beach and Playa Ventanas. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, admire the sheer force of Nauyaca Waterfalls, get interesting insight from Tours, and take in the exciting artwork at Magic Ananda.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Uvita travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Dominical, Ballena
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Nauyaca Waterfalls ©
Nauyaca Waterfalls
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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 1st (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Chiquita, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Nature Observatorio and then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Butterfly Conservatory and Wood & Art Gallery. Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), and ride a horse along Arenal Wilberth Stables.

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Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano, Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Danta, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. On your second day here, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, cast your line with a fishing tour, and then take in the exciting artwork at Lydia Beech Art Boutique.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo journey builder website .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

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