15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Ottawa

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, parks, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, get interesting insight from Tours, and hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder tool .

Ottawa, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

3
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore hidden gems such as Pura Aventura and Spas. Step out of Tamarindo to go to Playa Hermosa and see Playa Hermosa, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, and stroll through Monkey Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
Highlights from your plan
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Spas

2
nights
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 25th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), then admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, and finally view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde tour itinerary builder website .

Getting from Tamarindo to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa Ventanas, admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Nauyaca Waterfalls, stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Uvita trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Uvita takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Dominical, Playa Ventanas
Highlights from your plan
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Nauyaca Waterfalls ©
Nauyaca Waterfalls
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Off-Road Tours. Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Jaco (Fruity Monkey Poop & Mirador de Jaco) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, walk around Parque Nahomi, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip app .

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Jaco, Horseback Riding Tours, Parque Nahomi
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Off-Road Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding

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