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:  7​h
1
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Uvita
— 2 nights
ferry + taxi:  3​h 45​min
6
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  8​h
End: Montreal

1
night
Playas del Coco

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.
On the 1st (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and then stop by Cata Chocolate. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Playa Hermosa and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco trip planner .

Montreal, Canada to Playas del Coco is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montreal to Playas del Coco due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
Highlights from your plan
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Scuba & Snorkeling
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©

3
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.
Ecological Sanctuary and Monteverde Chorotega Arts & Crafts are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Monteverde Frog Pond. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Monteverde trip planner .

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

1
night
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 6th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Chiquita, identify plant and animal life at The Ara Project, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, look for all kinds of wild species at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip website .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cahuita, Ara Manzanillo
Highlights from your plan
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ecocentro Danaus and Paradise Hot Springs. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, take a peaceful walk through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning app .

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Uvita.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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 11th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then stroll through Playa Ventanas, and finally look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kokopelli.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Uvita tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Uvita takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Kokopelli, Playa Ventanas
Highlights from your plan
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Santa Teresa itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Uvita to Santa Teresa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

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 14th (Tue): explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, then look for gifts at EK Art Jewelry, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo day trip site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura

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