15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: London
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  18​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Uvita
— 1 night
ferry + taxi:  3​h 45​min
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: London

4
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Venado Caves and Onirica Art Gallery. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, get interesting insight from Tours, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos visit planning tool .

London, UK to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

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Venado Caves
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then stop by Meli Melo Boutique, and then relax in the rural setting at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Playa Biesanz and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online journey planner .

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. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

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Meli Melo Boutique
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Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

1
night
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 8th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and then look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Uvita tour itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Uvita by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis and then stroll through Playa Hermosa.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa online travel planner .

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Uvita to Santa Teresa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

3
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo journey maker tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Spas

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Playa Flamingo
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura

1
night
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 13th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience. Here are some ideas for day two: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Playas del Coco trip planning app .

Drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Playas del Coco are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trips

Zipline, Playa Hermosa
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Shark Diving
Zipline
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

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