15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to San Jose, Bus to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nosara
— 1 night
Drive
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Playa Grande
— 2 nights
Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Toronto

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 1 night

Walaba

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 (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, pick up some local products at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Punta Uva and then stroll through Nature Observatorio.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at La Fortuna Waterfall and Tabacon Hot Springs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) and Los Lagos Hot Springs. The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, head outdoors with Canopy San Luis, and take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos visit planning app.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio

— 2 nights
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 12th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainmaker Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio driving holiday planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Uvita

— 2 nights
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 14th (Thu), get outside with Outdoor Activities and then ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and finally look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Uvita online tour planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nosara.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Side Trip

Nosara

— 1 night
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
On the 16th (Sat), view the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, stroll through Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. On the next day, stroll through International Animal Rescue Costa Rica and then kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nosara journey planning website.

Drive from Uvita to Nosara in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Playa Grande.

Things to do in Nosara

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Grande

— 2 nights
Playa Grande, also known as Salinas, is a beach community on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica just north of Tamarindo. On the 18th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Las Baulas National Marine Park.

Plan a Playa Grande trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Nosara to Playa Grande by car takes about 2.5 hours. You will leave for home on the 19th (Tue).

Things to do in Playa Grande

Nature · Parks
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Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.