15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly + bus:  21​h 15​min
1
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
5
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Barcelona

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 29th (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and then view the masterpieces at Costa Rica'n Art Craft.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Playas del Coco itinerary builder app .

Barcelona, Spain to Playas del Coco is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from Barcelona to Playas del Coco, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Costa Rica'n Art Craft
Find places to stay Jul 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Fishing Charters & Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours, view the masterpieces at Con Mucho Gusto, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 1:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Spas

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Wood & Art Gallery, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, and then take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Conservatory, identify plant and animal life at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip tool .

Getting from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Spas Nature

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

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 4th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Chiquita, and then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, look for all kinds of wild species at Tarantulas Way, and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary site .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cahuita
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, and finally stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trot along with a tour on horseback and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Uvita online trip planner .

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Dominical
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zipline and Rainmaker Park. Get outdoors at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Parasailing & Paragliding. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, stroll around Parque Nahomi, stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

Plan a trip to Manuel Antonio easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Rainmaker Park
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Parasailing & Paragliding

Similar Plans

16 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM OMAN June, teens, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 17 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 17 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM BELGIUM June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 16 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM BELGIUM June, teens, outdoors, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, teens, outdoors, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 18 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA December, teens, outdoors, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, teens, outdoors, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM CANADA June, teens, kids, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 14 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM FRANCE February, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: February, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 18 days in Argentina, Costa Rica & Mexico BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA September, culture, beaches, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, culture, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 21 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM CANADA May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM BELGIUM August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans