15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly:  10​h
San Jose
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Uvita
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Indianapolis

1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
On the 30th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your San Jose trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Indianapolis, USA to San Jose is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Indianapolis to San Jose, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in June, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Shopping, #Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral, Multiplaza
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Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): look for gifts at Jaime Peligro Book & CD Shop, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and then take in breathtaking views at MidWorld Costa Rica.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip planning site .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Tours

Side Trip

Jaime Peligro Book & CD Shop
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Spas & Wellness

3
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 4th (Wed): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then kick back and relax at Uvita Beach. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, look for all kinds of wild species at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then identify plant and animal life at Hacienda Baru.

For photos and more tourist information, go to the Uvita tour planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Uvita by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trip

Dominical
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery, witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then hike along Ecocentro Danaus, and then take in the exciting artwork at Wood and Art Gallery.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Uvita to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trip

Catedral de Ciudad Quesada
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River Rafting & Tubing
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle and then identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Shopping
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Playas del Coco planner .

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. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
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Shark Diving
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts ©
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts

1
night
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 12th (Thu), stroll through Playa Avellana, look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo online itinerary planner .

Getting from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 74°F. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Lydia Beech Art ©
Lydia Beech Art

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