15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Dallas
+4
tram + foot + Fly + shuttle + bus:  9​h 30​min
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Monteverde
— 3 nights
shuttle + bus:  3​h 45​min
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Dallas

3
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'll get in some beach time at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Avellana. Explore hidden gems such as Spas & Wellness and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo day trip site .

Dallas, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Dallas in November: high temperatures in Tamarindo hover around 88°F and lows are around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. Do your shopping at Hummingbird Gallery and Souvenir Rosewood. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 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 19th (Mon) to allow time for 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Hacienda Baru, and then stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Uvita trip itinerary planner .

You can 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

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Hacienda Baru
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru
Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars ©
Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars

1
night
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 21st (Wed): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and then stroll through Playa Biesanz.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Spas & Wellness

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Butterfly Conservatory and Ecocentro Danaus. Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), take in the exciting artwork at Wood and Art Gallery, and get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), Butterfly Conservatory
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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.
On the 26th (Mon), have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco 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. November in Playas del Coco sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (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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Shark Diving
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©

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