15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  15 h 30 min
1
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 30 min
2
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 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:  12 h 15 min
End: Kansas City

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 1st (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Playa Chiquita, then identify plant and animal life at The Ara Project, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca fast, fun, and easy.

Kansas City, USA to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, Ara Manzanillo
Highlights from your plan
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Ara Manzanillo ©
Ara Manzanillo

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 3rd (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde attractions planning app .

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Monteverde in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Monteverde are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 82°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Zipline

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.
Visiting Tabacon Hot Springs and Paradise Hot Springs will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Butterfly Conservatory and Galeria Estudio. There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecocentro Danaus, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, and get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano).

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

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
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

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 8th (Sat): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, and then stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, then explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parasailing & Paragliding
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

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 10th (Mon): kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, then stroll through Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, and then look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, then identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then kick back and relax at Playa Ventanas, and finally stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Uvita trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Dominical, Playa Ventanas
Highlights from your plan
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

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 12th (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa day trip app .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

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

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.
On the 13th (Thu), kick back and relax at Playa Dantita and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 82°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Playa Dantita, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Dantita ©
Playa Dantita
Monkey Park ©
Monkey Park

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