15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Tadoussac, Quebec
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  22​h
1
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
Ferry:  3​h 30​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  23​h
End: Tadoussac, Quebec

3
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lydia Beech Art and Tamarindo Beach. For shopping fun, head to Urban Eclectic Jewelry or Buena Nena. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Playa Avellana (in Playa Avellanas) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal).

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo vacation trip planner.

Tadoussac, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 22-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Tadoussac in December; daily highs in Tamarindo reach 38°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Shopping Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Lydia Beech Art Boutique ©
Lydia Beech Art Boutique
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

2
nights
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): kick back and relax at Samara Beach, shop like a local with Koss Art Gallery, then hunt for treasures at Samara Farmers Market, and finally explore and take pictures at Kingfisher Sportfishing. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Nativa Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones).

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by bus from Tamarindo to Playa Samara takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Nosara
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Nativa Gallery ©
Nativa Gallery

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): stroll through Playa Hermosa and then kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen, then take in the dramatic scenery at Montezuma Falls, and then stop by Tica Surf Bikinis.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio National Park.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Montezuma Falls
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

2
nights
Manuel Antonio

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Farmers Fair (Ferias del Agricultor) and Jaime Peligro Book & CD Shop. Escape the urban bustle at Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio and Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio National Park trip generator.

Getting from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio National Park by combination of taxi and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. In December, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio National Park can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Shopping Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Quepos
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Farmers Fair (Ferias del Agricultor) ©
Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices ©
Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices
River Rafting & Tubing

2
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.
On the 31st (Sat), look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, then explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, and finally stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Uvita custom trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio National Park to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars ©
Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars

1
night
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 1st (Sun), admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs and then hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Uvita to La Fortuna de San Carlos by combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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