15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Start: Montpellier
+2
Fly + Bus + 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
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
+2
Shuttle + Bus + 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.
On the 9th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and then meet the residents at The Bat Jungle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), then take in the views from Guacimal River Bridge 2, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde day trip planner.

Montpellier, France to Monteverde is an approximately 21- hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Montpellier to Monteverde. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Guacimal River Bridge 2
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Horseback Riding Tours
Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas) ©

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.
Get outdoors at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Uvita Beach and Playa Ventanas. The adventure continues: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Uvita online trip builder.

You can drive from Monteverde to Uvita in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive 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

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 14th (Fri): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then tour the pleasant surroundings at 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.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Spas
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Spas
Parasailing & Paragliding
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio

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.
On the 16th (Sun), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Tamarindo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can 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

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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.
Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and Butterfly Conservatory. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Los Lagos Hot Springs. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, and take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

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Traveling by car from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up 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
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

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