15 days in Costa Rica & Oranjestad Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica & Oranjestad Itinerary

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Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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Dominical, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Herradura, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to Queen Beatrix International Airport
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Oranjestad, Aruba
— 3 nights
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Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, view the masterpieces at Costa Rica'n Art Craft, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of La Ermita La Agonia. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Playas del Coco tour planner.

Portland, USA to Playas del Coco is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trips

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Arenal Natura Ecological Park and River Rafting & Tubing. Step off the beaten path and head to Paradise Hot Springs and Galeria Estudio. There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and browse the exhibits of Wood & Art Gallery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park and then see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 72°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Dominical.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Museums

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Dominical, Costa Rica

The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, and then stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Dominical road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Dominical takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Herradura.

Things to do in Dominical

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

1
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Herradura, Costa Rica

Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then look for gifts at Jimmy T's Provisions.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Herradura trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Dominical to Herradura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Oranjestad.

Things to do in Herradura

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

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Oranjestad, Aruba

When vacationing on Aruba, don't miss taking a tour of Oranjestad, the capital of the small Caribbean island.
Get some historical perspective at California Lighthouse and Fort Zoutman Historical Museum. Visiting Eagle Beach and Hooiberg will get you outdoors. When in Oranjestad, make a side trip to see Baby Beach in San Nicolas, approximately San Nicolas away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Malmok Beach, explore the striking landscape at Seroe Colorado, stroll through Boca Cataavlina, and stop by Gemani Jewelers Aruba.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Oranjestad trip itinerary builder website.

Explore your travel options from Herradura to Oranjestad with the Route module. Traveling from Herradura to Oranjestad, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In December in Oranjestad, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 78°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Oranjestad

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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.

Aruba travel guide

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Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Gift & Specialty Shops
Happy Island
A Dutch outpost in the Caribbean, sun-drenched Aruba provides a mix of modern seaside resorts and quiet coastal areas ideal for those wishing to escape the crowds. Vacations in Aruba, known affectionately as the "Happy Island," generally combine water-based activities with tours of the untamed backcountry, where you can discover unusual rock formations, historic churches, ostrich farms, and animal sanctuaries. Island capital Oranjestad offers some of the finest shopping and cultural sightseeing in Aruba, with an eco-friendly electric streetcar providing quick access to all of the city's major attractions, including numerous shops, restaurants, and hotels.