15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Marseille
Fly + Drive:  29 h
1
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h 15 min
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Bus + Ferry:  2 h 15 min
7
Jaco
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: Marseille

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playas Gemelas, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally walk around Parque Nahomi. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park, then kick back and relax at Playa Espadilla Norte, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio day trip planning tool.

Marseille, France to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 28- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Nauyaca Waterfalls, stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, and finally stroll through Playa Ventanas. Keep things going the next day: ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Uvita using our trip planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Dominical, Playa Ventanas
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Nauyaca Waterfalls ©
Nauyaca Waterfalls
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge

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 13th (Fri), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles. Here are some ideas for day two: pick up some local products at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then have some family-friendly fun at Yesland Mini Golf, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip maker.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bogarin Trail and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and Butterfly Conservatory. There's lots more to do: trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip app.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Nature & Wildlife 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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): stroll through Monkey Park, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Tamarindo trip planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Off-Road Tours

1
night
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then kick back and relax at Playa Carmen, and finally head outdoors with Taboo Beach Club.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Jaco.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Taboo Beach Club ©
Taboo Beach Club

1
night
Jaco

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
On the 21st (Sat), take a memorable tour with Tours, get interesting insight from Tours, see Off-Road Tours, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then kick back and relax at Playa Linda, and finally don't miss a visit to Mirador de Jaco.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaco trip itinerary maker app.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Santa Teresa to Jaco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Linda
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Off-Road Tours
Zipline

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