15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly + taxi:  9​h 45​min
1
Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Uvita
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
7
San Jose
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Montreal

3
nights
Playa Samara

A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Take a break from the city and head to dondeJavitours and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Nosara Refuge for Wildlife and SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playa Samara: Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara (in Nosara) and Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project (in Punta Islita). And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, step aboard Kingfisher Sportfishing, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Buena Vista.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Playa Samara road trip app .

Montreal, Canada to Playa Samara is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nosara, Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project
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Horseback Riding Tours
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife

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 20th (Sat): push the limits with an extreme tour, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip builder .

You can drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours Outdoors 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Valle Escondido Preserve, then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then get a taste of the local shopping with Alas y Raices, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Monteverde journey maker tool .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Valle Escondido Preserve ©
Valle Escondido Preserve
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): identify plant and animal life at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Conservatory, then explore by horseback at Arenal Wilberth Stables, and finally hike along Bogarin Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Venado Caves, Butterfly Conservatory
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Venado Caves ©
Venado Caves

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 25th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Rainmaker Park, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip planner .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Rainmaker Park, Spas
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Spas

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 27th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Ventanas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trot along with a tour on horseback and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Uvita journey site .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

2
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
On the 29th (Mon), cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica, look for all kinds of wild species at Toucan Rescue Ranch, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana).

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Take a bus from Uvita to San Jose in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Wildlife Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Toucan Rescue Ranch
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica

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