15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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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
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 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
— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and then take in the exciting artwork at Costa Rica'n Art Craft.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco online itinerary planner .

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Barcelona to Playas del Coco. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Costa Rica'n Art Craft
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River Rafting & Tubing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

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): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, view the masterpieces at Con Mucho Gusto, then look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip planner .

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

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 Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Wood & Art Gallery and Onirica Art Gallery. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos with an excursion to Arenal Eco Zoo in El Castillo--about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, stop by Galeria Aguas Verdes, get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), and view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, El Castillo
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
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 5th (Mon), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Chiquita, and then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tarantulas Way, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles.

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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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cahuita
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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.
On the 7th (Wed), kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, then 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. Here are some ideas for day two: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Uvita day trip planner .

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Dominical
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the natural beauty of Manuel Antonio Hot Springs, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio travel route builder app .

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Quepos
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Zipline
Spas

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