15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Playas del Coco
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Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Ferry
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Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Fly

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Playas del Coco

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.
Visiting Rincon de La Vieja National Park and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. For shopping fun, head to Lis Umana Beachwear or Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playas del Coco: Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria (in Liberia) and Rio Negro Hot Springs (in Rincon de La Vieja). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco online road trip planner.

Missoula, USA to Playas del Coco is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Missoula to Playas del Coco. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Missoula in December, with highs in Playas del Coco at 82°F and lows at 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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Santa Teresa

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): stroll through Playa Hermosa, then take in the exciting artwork at Bri'ah Art Gallery, and then see Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Santa Teresa road trip planning site.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Santa Teresa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Uvita.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

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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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Ventanas and Uvita Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Walking tours. And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Uvita trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Santa Teresa to Uvita in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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Jaco

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 23rd (Wed): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Carara National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trot along with a tour on horseback, see Off-Road Tours, and then view the masterpieces at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Jaco itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Uvita to Jaco in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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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.
On the 25th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, walk around Bogarin Trail, and then pick up some new knowledge with ChocoMuseo La Fortuna. Keep things going the next day: take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, then trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and then take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Jaco to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Walaba

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.
On the 27th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles. On your second day here, stop by Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate and then browse the fresh offerings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trip

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.