15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Reno
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  14​h 30​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 3 nights
5
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Reno

2
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Butterfly Conservatory and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get in touch with nature at Ecocentro Danaus and Tabacon Hot Springs. There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary site .

Reno, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Venado Caves
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planning tool .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): kick back and relax at Uvita Beach and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars and then whizz through the canopy at Hacienda Baru.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Uvita road trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 29th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Hacienda Baru
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

3
nights
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On your second day here, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, then identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

Make your Monteverde itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Uvita to Monteverde by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Get in touch with nature at Fishing Charters & Tours and Tamarindo Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Papaya Con Leche. There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

Make your Tamarindo itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Playas del Coco travel route planning app .

Drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Hidden Garden Art Gallery
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Shark Diving
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Hidden Garden Art Gallery ©
Hidden Garden Art Gallery

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