15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nosara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Taxi to Tamarindo, Fly to Seattle

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nights
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get interesting insight from Tours, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Seattle, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to La Fortuna de San Carlos is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

5
nights
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 get in some beach time at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Conchal. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo road trip site.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Tamarindo are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 82°F. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Nosara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

2
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Nosara

Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): browse the exhibits of MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Guiones, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary and then enjoy the sand and surf at San Juanillo Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nosara trip itinerary app.

Getting from Tamarindo to Nosara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. December in Nosara sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 82°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Nosara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

3
nights
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Barrigona Beach and Playa Carrillo. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Samara Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see Off-Road Tours, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Playa Samara road trip planning website.

Drive from Nosara to Playa Samara in an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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.