15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
1
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + bus + train:  11​h 30​min
End: Ottawa


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 19th (Sat): stop by Meli Melo Boutique. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio.

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Ottawa, Canada to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of train, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ottawa to Manuel Antonio due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
The Captain's Booty ©
The Captain's Booty

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 22nd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Uvita Beach, identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then kick your exploration up a notch at Hacienda Baru.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Uvita trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Dominical
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Catedral de Ciudad Quesada and Onirica Art Gallery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Arenal Natura Ecological Park and La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos attractions website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Uvita to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), Catedral de Ciudad Quesada
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then stroll through The Bat Jungle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde holiday builder tool .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

2
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.
On the 29th (Tue), kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach and then explore and take pictures at Kingpin Sportfishing. On the next day, choose your vessel at Costa Rica Sailing Center and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal.

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Getting from Monteverde to Tamarindo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Costa Rica Sailing Center, Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Costa Rica Sailing Center ©
Costa Rica Sailing Center

2
nights
Playas del Coco

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 31st (Thu): stop by Cata Chocolate, view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Crazy Alex CR and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 2nd (Sat).

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Adventure Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Shark Diving
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©

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