15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Sofia
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Playas del Coco
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Sofia


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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Santa Elena Skywalk and Arte Jaguar Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and The Bat Jungle. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planner .

Sofia, Bulgaria to Monteverde is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Sofia to Monteverde, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Zipline

3
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 27th (Wed), meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, then stop by Sea Hag Clothing, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, then explore the galleries of Hidden Garden Art Gallery, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find out how to plan a trip to Playas del Coco, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Monteverde to Playas del Coco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in June, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Uvita.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Hidden Garden Art Gallery, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Shark Diving
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

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 30th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Hacienda Baru, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall and then stroll through Uvita Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Uvita planning app .

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Uvita in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio tour itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trip

Zipline
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Zipline
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Ecocentro Danaus. Step off the beaten path and head to Butterfly Conservatory and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
River Rafting & Tubing

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