15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica tour planner

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Fly to Tobías Bolaños International Airport, Drive to Manuel Antonio
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Bus to Malpais, Ferry to Jaco
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Jaco
— 1 night
Drive to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Fly to Marseille

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Manuel Antonio

— 2 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playas Gemelas, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Espadilla Norte, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio day trip app.

Marseille, France to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Marseille to Manuel Antonio. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Uvita

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nauyaca Waterfalls Nature Park, stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, and finally stroll through Playa Ventanas. Keep things going the next day: ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Uvita using our trip planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 1 night

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 13th (Fri), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles. Here are some ideas for day two: pick up some local products at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then have some family-friendly fun at Yesland Mini Golf, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip maker.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bogarin Trail and Butterfly Conservatory. Get outdoors at La Fortuna Waterfall and Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos journey maker tool.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Tamarindo

— 2 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): stroll through Monkey Park, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Tamarindo trip planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then kick back and relax at Playa Carmen, and finally head outdoors with Taboo Beach Club.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Jaco.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Spas

Jaco

— 1 night
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
On the 21st (Sat), get outside with Outdoor Activities, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, see Off-Road Tours, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then kick back and relax at Playa Linda, and finally don't miss a visit to Mirador de Jaco.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaco trip itinerary maker app.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Santa Teresa to Jaco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.