15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
7
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Dublin

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, and then view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Conservatory, then take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Dublin, Ireland to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Dublin to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and then stop by Lis Umana Beachwear. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Playas del Coco road trip planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playas del Coco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. December in Playas del Coco sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Playa Hermosa
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River Rafting & Tubing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas

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 8th (Sun): push the limits with an extreme tour and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tamarindo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Spas

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, then identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, and finally stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Monteverde road trip planning tool .

Getting from Tamarindo to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Monteverde are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

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

2
nights
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.
On the 11th (Wed), fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, get interesting insight from Tours, and then walk around Parque Nahomi. Keep things going the next day: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, identify plant and animal life at Rainmaker Park, and then stop by Super Joseth.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Rainmaker Park, Parque Nahomi
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Parque Nahomi ©
Parque Nahomi

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, and finally look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store. 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 see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Uvita trip builder tool .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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 15th (Sun): kick back and relax at Playa Cocles and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Observatorio and then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip planning app .

Getting from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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