15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica journey planner

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Fly
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Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive
5
Santa Teresa
— 1 day
Ferry
6
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Shuttle to San José, Fly to London Gatwick

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Crazy Alex CR and then stroll through Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Playas del Coco route maker website.

London, UK to Playas del Coco is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Playas del Coco is minus 6 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal, and then look for gifts at Souvenir Guanacaste.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, take a memorable tour with Tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, then browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery, and finally take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna. Here are some ideas for day two: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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You can drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

1
night
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 9th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To see reviews and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip builder tool.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, take in the exciting artwork at Bri'ah Art Gallery, and then kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa.

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

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Santa Teresa by car takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Uvita.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

2
nights
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.
On the 11th (Thu), ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, browse the exhibits of Magic Ananda, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Uvita trip planning app.

Traveling by ferry from Santa Teresa to Uvita takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

3
nights
Manuel Antonio

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Fishing Charters & Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Zipline, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, &more). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty.

Start your trip to Manuel Antonio by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

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.