15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica route planner

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Fly
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive
4
San Jose
— 3 nights
Fly
5
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Málaga Airport

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Jaco

— 2 nights
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): meet the residents at Neo Fauna CR, tour the pleasant surroundings at Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding, and then cast your line with a fishing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Bejuco, take in panoramic vistas at El Miro, then make a trip to Mirador de Jaco, and finally look for gifts at Fruity Monkey Poop.

Plan my day in Jaco using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Malaga, Spain to Jaco is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Malaga to Jaco due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 17:

Manuel Antonio

— 3 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Spas and Parque Nahomi. Venture out of the city with trips to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical), Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Uvita) and Playa Ventanas (in Ballena). The adventure continues: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Safari Adventures, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio online day trip planner.

Getting from Jaco to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 17 — 20:

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 1 night

Walaba

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach, and then browse the fresh offerings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay May 20 — 21:

San Jose

— 3 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion and Multiplaza. Get some cultural insight at Museo de Arte Costarricense and Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana). Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Cartago (Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles & Ruins of the Church of Carthage). There's lots more to do: explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos, don't miss a visit to Plaza Juan Mora Fernandez, and get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose trip planning tool.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In May in San Jose, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 21 — 24:

Tamarindo

— 2 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 25th (Tue), get interesting insight from Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Lydia Beech Art Boutique, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, and then get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from San Jose to Tamarindo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 24 — 26:

Playas del Coco

— 2 nights

Coco Beach

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 (Thu), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then kick back and relax at Playa Dantita, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Crazy Alex CR and then take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

Planning Playas del Coco trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 26 — 28:

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.