15 days in Costa Rica & Barbados Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica & Barbados Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica & Barbados Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  19​h 15​min
1
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11​h
5
Bathsheba, Barbados
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Dublin, Ireland


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1
night
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

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 15th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park, kick back and relax at Playa Conchal, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Paul's by the Sea. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, view the masterpieces at Lydia Beech Art Boutique, and then stroll through Tamarindo Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo itinerary planning app .

Dublin, Ireland to Tamarindo is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Tamarindo is minus 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

1
night
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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 17th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planner .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Manuel Antonio in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Spas
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Spas

1
day
Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Tortuguero National Park.

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

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In July in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

5
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bathsheba.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Ecotermales Fortuna ©
Ecotermales Fortuna
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Bathsheba, Barbados

Bathsheba ©
Bathsheba is the main fishing village in the parish of Saint Joseph with some 5,000 inhabitants on the east coastline of Barbados. Relax by the water at Bottom Bay and Soup Bowl. Change things up with these side-trips from Bathsheba: Bridgetown (Carlisle Bay & Mount Gay Visitor Centre). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Hunte's Gardens, contemplate the long history of Gun Hill Signal Station, stroll through Bathsheba Beach, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at St. Nicholas Abbey.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bathsheba trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Bathsheba. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Bathsheba. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bathsheba

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Bridgetown, Saint Peter Parish, Bottom Bay, Gun Hill Signal Station, Hunte's Gardens
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Hunte's Gardens ©
Hunte's Gardens
Bottom Bay ©
Bottom Bay
Carlisle Bay ©
Carlisle Bay

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