15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Train to BWI Amtrak/MARC Station, Fly to San Jose, Shuttle to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive
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Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Fly

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 2 nights

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 3rd (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then stroll through Playa Cocles, and then stroll through Punta Uva Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities 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 15.5-hour combination of train, flight, and shuttle. 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 · Wildlife

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.
Visiting Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Paradise Hot Springs and Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Manuel Antonio

— 3 nights
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 Walking tours. Step out of the city life by going to Playa Manuel Antonio and Off-Road Tours. Go for a jaunt from Manuel Antonio to Jaco to see Tico Pod Art House & Gifts about 1h 25 min away. There's more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Uvita

— 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Nauyaca Waterfalls Nature Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Uvita Beach and Horseback Riding Tours. 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; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Santa Teresa

— 1 night
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, then enjoy 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.

Ride a ferry from Uvita to Santa Teresa in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. 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 · Beaches · Parks · Adventure

Playas del Coco

— 2 nights

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 15th (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, then kick 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 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. You will leave for home on the 16th (Sat).

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

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.