15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Montpellier
Fly + taxi:  20​h
1
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Tamarindo
— 1 night
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Montpellier

1
night
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 9th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and then get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), snap pictures at Guacimal River Bridge 2, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For photos and other tourist information, use the Monteverde attractions planner.

Montpellier, France to Monteverde is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Montpellier to Monteverde is minus 7 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Guacimal River Bridge 2
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Horseback Riding Tours

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.
Visiting Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Uvita Waterfall will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Parasailing & Paragliding. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ventanas, stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and stroll through Uvita Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Uvita, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Monteverde to Uvita in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Dominical, Playa Ventanas
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Zipline
Parasailing & Paragliding

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): push the limits with an extreme tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Tamarindo by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

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

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Butterfly Conservatory and Paradise Hot Springs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Los Lagos Hot Springs. There's lots more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip tool .

You can drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

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

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