15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Belgrade
Fly + bus:  20​h 15​min
1
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Santa Teresa
— Few hours
taxi + ferry:  3​h 45​min
5
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Monteverde
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Belgrade

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): explore the galleries of Hidden Garden Art Gallery and then get outside with Crazy Alex CR.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco trip planner .

Belgrade, Serbia to Playas del Coco is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Traveling from Belgrade to Playas del Coco, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Belgrade in February, with highs in Playas del Coco at 39°C and lows at 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Museums, #Shopping

Side Trip

Hidden Garden Art Gallery
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Hidden Garden Art Gallery ©
Hidden Garden Art Gallery

2
nights
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): stop by EK Art Jewelry, look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche, stop by Lydia Beech Art, then explore and take pictures at Kingpin Sportfishing, then stop by Diamante Boutique, and finally look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique. Keep things going the next day: have fun at Tamarindo Tennis Club and then get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo vacation builder app .

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Tamarindo can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Fun & Games, #Shopping, #Classes
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Bolas Locas Mini Golf ©
Bolas Locas Mini Golf
Papaya Con Leche ©
Papaya Con Leche
EK Art Jewelry ©
EK Art Jewelry

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, view the masterpieces at Koss Art Gallery, and then stroll through Werner Sauter Biological Reserve.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Playa Samara trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playa Samara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Playa Samara sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Museums
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Werner Sauter Biological Reserve ©
Koss Art Gallery ©
Koss Art Gallery

few
hours
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.
To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Shopping
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2
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.
On the 7th (Wed), head outdoors with Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena and then admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Magic Ananda, then look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, then look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Santa Lucia Falls.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Uvita visit planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Santa Teresa to Uvita in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena
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Santa Lucia Falls ©
Santa Lucia Falls
Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars ©
Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars

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.
On the 9th (Fri), delve into the lush surroundings at Naturalist Michael Araya Flores. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, stop by Meli Melo Boutique, then look for gifts at Jaime Peligro Book & CD Shop, and finally stop by Super Joseth.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip planner .

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Quepos
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Meli Melo Boutique ©
Meli Melo Boutique
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa ©
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa
Super Joseth ©
Super Joseth

3
nights
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 11th (Sun), look for gifts at Souvenir Leo, then contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), and then get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Butterfly Conservatory and then hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

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 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
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Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) ©
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
Souvenir Leo ©
Souvenir Leo
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

1
night
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 13th (Tue), stop by Hummingbird Gallery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Theme Park, and then stop by Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde. Keep things going the next day: stop by Souvenir Rosewood and then stroll through Viento Fresco Waterfall.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Monteverde vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Viento Fresco Waterfall
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Viento Fresco Waterfall ©
Viento Fresco Waterfall
Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery
Souvenir Rosewood ©
Souvenir Rosewood

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