15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Calgary
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  12​h 15​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  9​h
End: Calgary

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.
You've now added Playa Avellana to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip itinerary maker .

Calgary, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Calgary in June: high temperatures in Tamarindo hover around 38°C and lows are around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and The Bat Jungle. Get outdoors at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Ecological Sanctuary. Next up on the itinerary: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Monteverde tour itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Zipline

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.
On the 25th (Mon), scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): stroll through Uvita Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

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Do a combination of shuttle and bus from Monteverde to Uvita in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trip

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

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.
On the 27th (Wed), kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio day trip site .

Drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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

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.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Butterfly Conservatory. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ecocentro Danaus and Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
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 2nd (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Playas del Coco online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playas del Coco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trip

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

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