15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + taxi:  17​h 15​min
1
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
6
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Monteverde
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  16​h
End: London

2
nights
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 3rd (Mon), see Off-Road Tours, then get interesting insight from Tours, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Buena Vista. On your second day here, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then stroll through Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Playa Samara trip itinerary builder .

London, UK to Playa Samara is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Playa Samara. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Horseback Riding Tours

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 5th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the next day, stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip planner .

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Playas del Coco holiday maker tool .

Getting from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
River Rafting & Tubing
Shark Diving

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 8th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, then hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. On the next day, take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, then stroll through Butterfly Conservatory, and finally get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano).

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning tool .

You can drive from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), Butterfly Conservatory
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

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 10th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

1
night
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 11th (Tue), stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trot along with a tour on horseback, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Uvita online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

Plan my day in Manuel Antonio using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Spas
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parasailing & Paragliding

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 14th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, then look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, and finally meet the residents at The Bat Jungle. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Chorotega Arts & Crafts, tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, and finally admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

Make your Monteverde itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

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

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