15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
3
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
4
Uvita
— 3 nights
5
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
6
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
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 3rd (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, thenstroll through Playa Cocles, and then stroll through Punta Uva Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Tours and then look for gifts at Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca road trip website.

Philadelphia, USA to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
Visiting Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Spas. Get a sense of the local culture at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts and Zukia Art Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to Off-Road Tours in Jaco (about 1h 25 min away). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, do sightseeing your way with Private Tours, and explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Jaco, Spas
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
Uvita

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Horseback Riding Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Uvita Beach and Nauyaca Waterfalls Nature Park. There's still lots to do: ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Uvita trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Dominical, Nauyaca Waterfalls Nature Park
Highlights from your plan
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©

1
night
Santa Teresa

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.
On the 14th (Thu), stroll through Playa Santa Teresa, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa online trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Uvita to Santa Teresa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

2
nights
Playas del Coco

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 15th (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, thenkick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Playas del Coco travel route planner.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Playas del Coco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. You will leave for home on the 16th (Sat).

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts ©
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts

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