15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Toronto
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  12​h 45​min
1
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
ferry:  4​h
4
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Toronto

2
nights
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.
On the 10th (Sun), stroll through Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles, and then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Puerto Viejo de Talamanca vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Toronto, Canada to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Cahuita
Highlights from your plan
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach

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.
On the 12th (Tue), soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs and then hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker website .

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Get outdoors at Playa Manuel Antonio and Uvita Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Walking tours. The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, browse the exhibits of The Captain's Booty, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Quepos, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Uvita Beach
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Walking tours

2
nights
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
On the 17th (Sun), find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, stroll through Playa Hermosa, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On your second day here, trot along with a tour on horseback, stroll through Playa Carmen, and then browse the exhibits of Bri'ah Art Gallery.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa day trip app .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa by ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Horseback Riding Tours
Highlights from your plan
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, and then look for gifts at Cata Chocolate. Here are some ideas for day two: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Playas del Coco online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Playas del Coco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
River Rafting & Tubing
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

3
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 21st (Thu): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then 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. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo visit planner .

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Kayaking & Canoeing
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Scuba & Snorkeling

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