15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica travel route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Jaco
— 1 night
Drive
2
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive
6
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Taxi to Atenas, Fly to London

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Jaco

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On your second day here, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Jaco visit planning site.

London, UK to Jaco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Jaco due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Spas · 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.
On the 7th (Wed), get outside with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Uvita online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Uvita takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

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 9th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi. Here are some ideas for day two: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio online trip builder.

Getting from Uvita to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bogarin Trail and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, look for gifts at Galeria Aguas Verdes, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

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.
On the 14th (Wed), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, browse the exhibits of Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco trip tool.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playas del Coco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

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.
On the 15th (Thu), get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Find out how to plan Tamarindo trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Monteverde

— 3 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
On the 17th (Sat), stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Arte Jaguar Gallery, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

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

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

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.