15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica itinerary planner

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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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Playa Samara
— 3 nights
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Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): push the limits with an extreme tour, stroll through Tamarindo Beach, then look for gifts at Diamante Boutique, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip itinerary builder app.

Sofia, Bulgaria to Tamarindo is an approximately 21-hour flight. Traveling from Sofia to Tamarindo, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Playa Samara

— 3 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.
Get in touch with nature at Samara Beach and Barrigona Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Carrillo and Playa Buena Vista. There's still lots to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Playa Samara road trip app.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Uvita Waterfall. Explore hidden gems such as Uvita Beach and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Horseback Riding Tours in Dominical (about 50 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and stroll through Playa Ventanas.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Uvita trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Uvita takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of car and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
On the 18th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then stroll through Rainmaker Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then whizz through the canopy at Zip Coaster, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

Discover how to plan a Manuel Antonio trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

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.
Escape the urban bustle at La Fortuna Waterfall and Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Paradise Hot Springs and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

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.