15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Quebrada Grande
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Quebrada Grande
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Liberia, Fly to Raleigh/Durham

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Quebrada Grande

— 4 nights
Get outdoors at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands and Sea Star CR Sport Fishing and Adventure Tours. When in Quebrada Grande, make a side trip to see Rio Celeste in Tenorio Volcano National Park, approximately Tenorio Volcano National Park away.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Quebrada Grande trip itinerary planner.

Durham, USA to Quebrada Grande is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Durham to Quebrada Grande. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Quebrada Grande

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Tamarindo

— 4 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Hermosa. Explore hidden gems such as Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts and Spas & Wellness. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco (in Playas del Coco). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Playa Avellana, look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura.

Before you visit Tamarindo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Quebrada Grande to Tamarindo in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Santa Teresa

— 3 nights
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Hermosa and Playa Santa Teresa. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spas & Wellness and Playa Carmen. Explore Santa Teresa's surroundings by going to Montezuma (Costa Rica Color & Montezuma Falls). There's more to do: look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa trip website.

Getting from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Playa Samara

— 2 nights
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
You'll get in some beach time at Samara Beach and Playa Guiones. Step off the beaten path and head to MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY and International Animal Rescue Costa Rica. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at dondeJavitours.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Playa Samara online holiday planner.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · 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.