15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  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): admire all the interesting features of Kingpin Sportfishing, look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Park, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip maker website .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Tamarindo is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time to Central Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car 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 get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco online travel route builder .

Drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Scuba & Snorkeling
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Bat Jungle, identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde road trip planner .

Getting from Playas del Coco to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: 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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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.
On the 13th (Sun), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Rainmaker Park and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio road trip tool .

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then admire the sheer force of Nauyaca Waterfalls, and then look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Uvita driving holiday site .

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car 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.
On the 17th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at La Ceiba, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Chiquita, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca road trip site .

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 18th (Fri) early enough to drive 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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Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): get interesting insight from Tours and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the lush surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, then get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

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 your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

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