15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h 15 min
6
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
7
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
+2
Shuttle + Bus + Fly:  16 h
End: Sao Paulo

1
night
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 8th (Tue): take a tour of Kingpin Sportfishing, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, then find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, and finally get interesting insight from Tours. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo holiday maker site.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Tamarindo is an approximately 14.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Tamarindo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

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

Getting from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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River Rafting & Tubing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), then take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk, and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Frog Pond.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde trip website.

Drive from Playas del Coco to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Zipline

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): stroll through Rainmaker Park and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Rainmaker Park
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Here are some ideas for day two: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nauyaca Waterfalls, and then stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Uvita holiday planning website.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Uvita by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Dominical
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Nauyaca Waterfalls ©
Nauyaca Waterfalls

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): stroll through La Ceiba, indulge your taste buds at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles.

For reviews and more tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca road trip planning app.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

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 19th (Sat): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

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