15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  30​h
1
Playa Samara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
taxi + ferry:  3​h 45​min
3
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  29​h
End: Mumbai

1
night
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
On the 13th (Thu), kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playa Garza, identify plant and animal life at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, and then view the masterpieces at Koss Art Gallery.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Playa Samara trip site .

Mumbai, India to Playa Samara is an approximately 30-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 11 hours traveling from Mumbai to Playa Samara. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Mumbai in December: highs in Playa Samara hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, Playa Garza
Highlights from your plan
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Horseback Riding 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa, kick back and relax at Playa Carmen, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Santa Teresa trip planning app .

Getting from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Spas & Wellness

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.
On the 16th (Sun), stroll through Uvita Beach, identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, and finally look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars. Here are some ideas for day two: ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Uvita travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Santa Teresa to Uvita takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty. Keep things going the next day: stop by Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then stroll through Parque Nahomi.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio visit planner.

Getting from Uvita to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Quepos
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parasailing & Paragliding
Parque Nahomi ©
Parque Nahomi

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Chiquita, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Observatorio and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip planning tool .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, Nature Observatorio
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Onirica Art Gallery and Wood & Art Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Butterfly Conservatory and Tabacon Hot Springs. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Ecocentro Danaus, take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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