15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Jaco
— 2 nights
Ferry to Malpais, Bus to Santa Teresa
6
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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Playas del Coco

— 1 night

Coco Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa and then stop by Lis Umana Beachwear. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Cataratas Llanos de Cortes, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Playas del Coco trip planner.

Montreal, Canada to Playas del Coco is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Montreal in December, expect Playas del Coco to be much warmer, temps between 32°C and 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Bogarin Trail and Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). Get outdoors at Paradise Hot Springs and Butterfly Conservatory. There's much more to do: trek along Arenal 1968 Volcano View & Trails, see Off-Road Tours, take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, and stroll through Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos planner.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then get a tailor-made plan with Safari Adventures. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainmaker Park and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio road trip planning tool.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, then stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Uvita trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Jaco

— 2 nights
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
On the 6th (Thu), explore by horseback at Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding and then see majestic marine mammals with Costa Rica Dreams Sportfishing. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then see Off-Road Tours.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Jaco road trip app.

You can drive from Uvita to Jaco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Santa Teresa

— 2 nights
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 8th (Sat): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa. On your second day here, stroll through Playa Santa Teresa, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen, and then get a dose of the wild on Costa Rican Tropical Tours.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Santa Teresa trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Jaco to Santa Teresa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Tamarindo

— 2 nights
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 10th (Mon): get active on the water at Water Sports and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 11th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.