15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
2
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
3
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
4
Monteverde
— 1 night
5
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
6
Uvita
— 2 nights
7
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night

2
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.
On the 4th (Wed), get interesting insight from Tours, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, and then take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Conservatory, thenhike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and then take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary maker app.

Dublin, Ireland to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

2
nights
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 6th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, and then look for gifts at Lis Umana Beachwear. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco trip builder website.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playas del Coco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, River Rafting & Tubing
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
On the 8th (Sun), take a memorable tour with Tours and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Monkey Park, cast your line with a fishing tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo trip planner.

Getting from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Spas

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 10th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, stroll through Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, thenlearn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, and finally stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde tour itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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 11th (Wed): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, thensurround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Rainmaker Park and then stop by Super Joseth.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary site.

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Parque Nahomi, Rainmaker Park
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Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Parasailing & Paragliding
Super Joseth ©
Super Joseth

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.
On the 13th (Fri), kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and finally look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store. Keep things going the next day: ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Uvita trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Dominical
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles and then admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, Nature Observatorio
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

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