15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Belgrade
Fly + bus:  20​h 15​min
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
San Jose
— 2 nights
bus + Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Playa Samara
— Few hours
Fly:  22​h
Belgrade

1
day
Playas del Coco

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 (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, then get outside with Crazy Alex CR, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco online day trip planner .

Belgrade, Serbia to Playas del Coco is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Belgrade to Playas del Coco. In February, Playas del Coco is much hotter 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 Tamarindo.

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Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts ©
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, stop by Urban Eclectic Jewelry, then look for gifts at Lydia Beech Art, then stop by Papaya Con Leche, and finally admire all the interesting features of Kingpin Sportfishing. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: choose your vessel at Costa Rica Sailing Center, stop by EK Art Jewelry, and then have some family-friendly fun at Bolas Locas Mini Golf.

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You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in February, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Shopping, #Adventure, #Tours

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Costa Rica Sailing Center
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Lydia Beech Art ©
Lydia Beech Art
Kingpin Sportfishing ©
Kingpin Sportfishing
Bolas Locas Mini Golf ©
Bolas Locas Mini Golf

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): stop by Chieton Moren, then get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Namu, and then get a sense of history and politics at Correos de Costa Rica. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral, revel in the low prices at Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro, and then look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read San Jose attractions planner .

Fly from Tamarindo to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Tamarindo in February, things will get a bit cooler in San Jose: highs are around 30°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

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Side Trips

Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral, Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro, J.LANG Atelier & Showroom
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Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro ©
Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Correos de Costa Rica ©
Correos de Costa Rica

2
days
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 7th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Naturalist Michael Araya Flores. On the next day, stroll through La Selvita and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio journey planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from San Jose to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Quepos, Spas & Wellness
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Spas & Wellness

3
days
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 Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) and Paradise Hot Springs. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to El Castillo and see Butterfly Conservatory, which is approximately 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip website .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

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Butterfly Conservatory, Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
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Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) ©
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at San Luis Waterfall, look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, and then stroll through The Bat Jungle. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Theme Park, and then look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood.

To see photos and tourist information, use the Monteverde day trip site .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery

few
hours
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, view the masterpieces at Koss Art Gallery, and then hunt for treasures at Samara Farmers Market.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara route planner .

Drive from Monteverde to Playa Samara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. February in Playa Samara sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Samara

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Koss Art Gallery ©
Koss Art Gallery

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