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
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Nosara
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Monteverde
— 1 night
shuttle + bus:  3​h 45​min
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
shuttle + bus + Fly:  22​h 30​min
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.
On the 2nd (Fri), meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco trip itinerary planner .

Belgrade, Serbia to Playas del Coco is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Central Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Belgrade in February: high temperatures in Playas del Coco hover around 39°C and lows are around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

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

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 3rd (Sat), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, then explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, and finally find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in February, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nosara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©

2
days
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then get your game on at Eskina Skate Parq, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at Samara Farmers Market, then take in the exciting artwork at Koss Art Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally view the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nosara vacation planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Nosara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in February, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Nosara

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Fun & Games

Side Trip

Playa Samara
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Koss Art Gallery ©
Koss Art Gallery
Spas & Wellness
Horseback Riding Tours

1
day
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 7th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, have fun and explore at Museo de los Ninos, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and finally look for gifts at Holalola Souvenir Shop.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Jose trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Nosara to San Jose by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Nosara in February, expect San Jose to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Childrens Museums, #Shopping
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Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum
Museo de Arte Costarricense ©
Museo de Arte Costarricense
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

1
day
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.
On the 8th (Thu), admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde holiday site .

Traveling by car from San Jose to Monteverde takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Monteverde

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

2
days
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 10th (Sat): shop like a local with Magic Ananda, kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, and then identify plant and animal life at Hacienda Baru.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Uvita trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and bus from Monteverde to Uvita takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

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Dominical
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Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall
Magic Ananda ©
Magic Ananda
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

1
day
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.
On the 12th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio vacation site .

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

2
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.
On the 13th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Conservatory, then get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), and then head outdoors with Salto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Ecocentro Danaus, witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, and finally hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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