15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica tour planner

Make it your trip
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Rincon de La Vieja
— 3 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 4 nights
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Rincon de La Vieja

— 3 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rincon de La Vieja: Tree Chocolate Tour (in Upala), Miravalles Volcano (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Bagaces (Las Hornillas Volcano Hot Springs & Rio Perdido).

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rincon de La Vieja online tour planner.

Liberia to Rincon de La Vieja is an approximately 1-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get outside with Outdoor Activities, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip site.

Drive from Rincon de La Vieja to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 3rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a shuttle to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Santa Teresa

— 3 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.
Santa Teresa is known for beaches, adventure, and spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa, stroll through Playa Carmen, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Santa Teresa road trip site.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Santa Teresa by shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Spas

Playa Samara

— 4 nights
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa Samara: Playa Guiones (in Nosara) and Tamarindo (Azul Profundo Boutique & Tamarindo Beach). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Samara Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stroll through Barrigona Beach, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Playa Samara online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

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.

Arenal Volcano National Park travel guide

4.4
Hot Springs · Waterfalls · River Rafting & Tubing
Plan a tour of Arenal Volcano National Park to get in touch with nature, enjoy scenic views, and admire the majestic volcano up close. The park, established in 1991, protects a variety of ecosystems and wildlife. You can choose from four hiking trails, taking you across the rainforest and lava fields. Enjoy scenic lookout points, see a staggering variety of birds and plants, or climb the dormant Mount Chato on your trip to Arenal Volcano National Park.