15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Bournemouth
Fly + Drive:  27​h
1
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Playas del Coco
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  24​h
End: Bournemouth

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): stroll through The Bat Jungle, look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk, and finally identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Ecological Sanctuary and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Wild Hikes.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planner .

Bournemouth, UK to Monteverde is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from Bournemouth to Monteverde, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Monteverde Wild Hikes ©
Monteverde Wild Hikes

2
nights
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 6th (Sat), skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, and finally stroll through Playa Ventanas.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Uvita online itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and bus from Monteverde to Uvita takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Ventanas, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa Chiquita, experience rural life at Chocorart, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, identify plant and animal life at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca travel route builder website .

Traveling by car from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cahuita
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Butterfly Conservatory and Paradise Hot Springs. Escape the urban bustle at Ecocentro Danaus and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Venado Caves, view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio, head outdoors with Salto, and stroll through Arenal Wilberth Stables.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos route planner.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
Highlights from your plan
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

4
nights
Playas del Coco

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Zipline and Llanos de Cortez Waterfall. Discover out-of-the-way places like Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco. Explore Playas del Coco's surroundings by going to Playa Dantita (in Las Catalinas) and Costa Rica'n Art Craft (in Liberia). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco holiday planner .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playas del Coco by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Costa Rica'n Art Craft, Playa Dantita
Highlights from your plan
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

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