15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Belgrade
Fly:  20​h 15​min
Playa Hermosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Uvita
— 1 night
ferry + taxi:  3​h 45​min
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  21​h 45​min
Belgrade

1
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Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then kick back and relax at Playa Nacascolo.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Playa Hermosa online road trip planner .

Belgrade, Serbia to Playa Hermosa is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 7 hours. In February, Playa Hermosa is warmer than Belgrade - with highs of 39°C and lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

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Spas & Wellness, Playa Nacascolo
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Playa Nacascolo ©
Playa Nacascolo

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Theme Park, and then stop by Hummingbird Gallery.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde tour planner .

You can drive from Playa Hermosa to Monteverde in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Sun) before leaving for Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Shopping
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The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery
Souvenir Rosewood ©
Souvenir Rosewood

2
days
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
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 5th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at La Ceiba and then relax in the rural setting at Chocorart. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip tool .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Monteverde to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is 1 hour. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Chocorart ©
Chocorart

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Trails
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Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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day
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 8th (Thu): take a peaceful walk through Naturalist Michael Araya Flores.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio route planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. February in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

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Naturalist Michael Araya Flores
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1
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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 9th (Fri): head outdoors with Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena, stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and then stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Uvita trip planning site .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena, Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store
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Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena ©
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): stop by Tica Surf Bikinis and then step off the mainland to explore Isla de Cabuya. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Santa Teresa online travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Uvita to Santa Teresa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

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Isla de Cabuya
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Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Isla de Cabuya ©
Isla de Cabuya

2
days
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 13th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana, stop by Diamante Boutique, then look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, and finally admire all the interesting features of Kingpin Sportfishing. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Barra Honda National Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo travel app .

Getting from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. February in Tamarindo sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

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Barra Honda National Park
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Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Barra Honda National Park ©
Barra Honda National Park
Azul Profundo Boutique ©
Azul Profundo Boutique

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