15 days in Costa Rica & Oranjestad Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica & Oranjestad Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica & Oranjestad Itinerary

Start: Portland, United States
Fly:  13 h
1
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
4
Dominical, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Herradura, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  9 h 30 min
6
Oranjestad, Aruba
— 3 nights
Fly:  11 h 45 min
End: Portland, United States

1
night
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

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 25th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the exciting artwork at Costa Rica'n Art Craft, and then contemplate the long history of Church of La Ermita La Agonia. On your second day here, stroll through Playa Hermosa, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco tour builder .

Portland, USA to Playas del Coco is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Portland to Playas del Coco. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

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

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Onirica Art Gallery and Galeria Estudio. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. There's much more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, and view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip website .

Drive from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs

1
night
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.
On the 30th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park and then see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero vacation planner .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dominical.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Museums
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

2
nights
Dominical, Costa Rica

Dominical ©
The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, and then look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

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You can drive from Tortuguero to Dominical in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Herradura.

Things to do in Dominical

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio, Uvita Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

1
night
Herradura, Costa Rica

Herradura ©
On the 3rd (Tue), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then stop by Jimmy T's Provisions.

For more things to do and other tourist information, read Herradura road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Dominical to Herradura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Soufriere.

Things to do in Herradura

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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Jimmy T's Provisions ©
Jimmy T's Provisions

3
nights
Oranjestad, Aruba

Oranjestad ©
When vacationing on Aruba, don't miss taking a tour of Oranjestad, the capital of the small Caribbean island.
Do some cultural sightseeing at California Lighthouse and Historical Museum Fort Zoutman. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Manchebo Beach and Malmok Beach. When in Oranjestad, make a side trip to see Baby Beach in San Nicolas, approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Eagle Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Seroe Colorado, tour the pleasant surroundings at Boca Catalina, and take in nature's colorful creations at Hooiberg.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Oranjestad road trip planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Herradura to Oranjestad. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. In December, daytime highs in Oranjestad are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Oranjestad

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Palm - Eagle Beach, Noord, Baby Beach
Highlights from your plan
Eagle Beach ©
Eagle Beach
Baby Beach ©
Baby Beach
Seroe Colorado ©
Seroe Colorado

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