15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Atenas
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Montezuma
— 1 day
Drive:  30​min
3
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Nosara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
shuttle:  30​min
7
Playa Flamingo
— 1 day
Drive:  15​min
8
Playa Potrero
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
9
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
10
Liberia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
End: San Jose

1
night
Atenas

Atenas ©
For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Atenas online trip itinerary builder .

San Jose to Atenas is an approximately 1-hour car ride. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Montezuma.

Things to do in Atenas

#Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
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El Toledo Coffee Tour ©
El Toledo Coffee Tour

1
day
Montezuma

Montezuma ©
With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Montezuma online itinerary planner .

Drive from Atenas to Montezuma in 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Montezuma

#Nature, #Parks, #Spas
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:
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Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls
Spas & Wellness

2
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.
On the 22nd (Fri), explore and take pictures at Sunrise Ranch. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Santa Teresa, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa road trip planning app .

Santa Teresa is just a stone's throw from Montezuma. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Sunrise Ranch, Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Koss Art Gallery.

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

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Playa Samara can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Nosara.

Things to do in Playa Samara

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
On the 26th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, get your game on at Eskina Skate Parq, then take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, then have fun at Tennis Club Colibri, and finally try for a hole-in-one at Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, then identify plant and animal life at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nosara visit planning app .

Nosara is very close to Playa Samara. In December, daily temperatures in Nosara can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Nosara

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trip

San Juanillo Beach
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife

4
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.
Tamarindo is known for beaches, adventure, spas, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf, explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, and tee off at Hacienda Pinilla Golf Club.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip maker .

Getting from Nosara to Tamarindo by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In December, daytime highs in Tamarindo are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Las Baulas National Marine Park, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura

1
day
Playa Flamingo

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
Before you visit Playa Flamingo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Playa Flamingo is just a stone's throw from Tamarindo. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Playa Potrero.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling

few
hours
Playa Potrero

Playa Potrero ©
To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa Potrero trip itinerary builder tool .

Playa Potrero is just a stone's throw from Playa Flamingo. In January in Playa Potrero, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Playa Potrero

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Adventure
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Costa Rica Sailing Center ©
Costa Rica Sailing Center

2
nights
Playas del Coco

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
On the 1st (Mon), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco travel route site .

Traveling by car from Playa Potrero to Playas del Coco takes an hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Liberia.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Liberia

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Liberia sightseeing planner.

Drive from Playas del Coco to Liberia in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in January, and nighttime lows around 25°C. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Liberia

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Zipline

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