15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Liberia
Liberia
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
Playa Hermosa
— Few hours
bus:  15​min
Playas del Coco
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
Playa Conchal
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Playa Samara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
Mal Pais
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
Montezuma
— 2 nights
ferry + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
Punta Arenas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Monteverde
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Liberia
— 1 night
Liberia

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Liberia

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.
On the 18th (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at Hidden Garden Art Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Africa Safari, and then admire the sheer force of Llanos de Cortez Waterfall.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Liberia itinerary maker.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport and Tobias Bolanos International Airport. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Playa Hermosa.

Things to do in Liberia

#Parks, #Nature, #Shopping

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Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
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Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
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Hidden Garden Art Gallery

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Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa
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Traveling by car from Liberia to Playa Hermosa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Playa Hermosa are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. You will leave for Playas del Coco on the 19th (Fri).

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#Tours, #Outdoors, #Adventure
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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.
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Playas del Coco is just a short distance from Playa Hermosa. In January, daily temperatures in Playas del Coco can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Playa Conchal.

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#Spas, #Museums
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Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts ©
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts

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Playa Conchal

Playa Conchal
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Do a combination of taxi and bus from Playas del Coco to Playa Conchal in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Playa Conchal, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Conchal

#Shopping

Side Trip

Bahia Artshop
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Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, stop by Papaya Con Leche, and then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana. On your second day here, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stop by Azul Profundo Boutique.

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Tamarindo is very close to Playa Conchal. In January in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Playa Samara.

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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
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Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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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 22nd (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Werner Sauter Biological Reserve, view the masterpieces at Koss Art Gallery, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara custom trip planner.

Getting from Tamarindo to Playa Samara by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Santa Teresa.

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#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
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Werner Sauter Biological Reserve ©
Werner Sauter Biological Reserve
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Carmen and then kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa.

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Getting from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa by car takes about 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mal Pais.

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#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

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Mal Pais

Mal Pais
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Mal Pais is just a stone's throw from Santa Teresa. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Montezuma.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Montezuma Falls. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Costa Rica Color, identify plant and animal life at Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Montezuma vacation builder.

Drive from Mal Pais to Montezuma in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Punta Arenas.

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Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls
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Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas ©
A major port city with a busy fish market, for most tourists Puntarenas represents little more than the launching point for ferries heading to the pleasant beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Isla Damas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Puntarenas, and then kick back and relax at Playa Blanca ( White Beach ).

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Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Montezuma to Punta Arenas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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Playa Blanca ( White Beach )
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Playa Blanca ( White Beach ) ©
Playa Blanca ( White Beach )
Catedral de Puntarenas ©
Catedral de Puntarenas

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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.
For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde travel planner.

You can drive from Punta Arenas to Monteverde in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

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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.
On the 29th (Mon), head outdoors with Salto and then view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos travel planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Liberia.

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River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus

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Liberia

Liberia ©
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Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Liberia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle. On the 1st (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Liberia

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Church of La Ermita La Agonia ©
Church of La Ermita La Agonia