15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Toronto
Fly:  9​h 30​min
Liberia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Playa Flamingo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Nosara
— 1 night
Fly + bus + shuttle:  7​h 15​min
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi + bus:  3​h 15​min
Uvita
— 3 nights
bus + shuttle:  3​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 45​min
Toronto

2
days
Liberia

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
On the 11th (Wed), stop by Souvenir Ocarina. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playa Ocotal and then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Liberia attractions planner.

Toronto, Canada to Liberia is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Toronto in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Liberia: highs are around 38°C and lows about 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in Liberia

#Adventure, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Shark Diving, Playa Ocotal
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Shark Diving
Zipline
Playa Ocotal ©
Playa Ocotal

1
day
Playa Flamingo

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): explore the activities along Potrero Beach and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Playa Flamingo trip planner .

You can drive from Liberia to Playa Flamingo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In July in Playa Flamingo, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nosara.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trip

Potrero Beach
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
day
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 15th (Sun): putt your heart out at Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara, then take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, and finally identify plant and animal life at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nosara route planner.

You can drive from Playa Flamingo to Nosara in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Nosara

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Museums
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary

1
day
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.
To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Nosara to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Nosara to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Nosara in July, expect nights in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
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Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita
Chocorart ©
Chocorart

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 18th (Wed), witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs and then trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Conservatory, then Head underground at Venado Caves, and then head outdoors with Canopy San Luis.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos attractions planning site .

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Uvita.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
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Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus

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 21st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hacienda Baru, then take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and finally stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Uvita vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Uvita takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Uvita

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Dominical
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Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Viento Fresco Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then identify plant and animal life at Serpentario.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Monteverde road trip site .

Traveling by combination of bus and shuttle from Uvita to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. On the 25th (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Viento Fresco Waterfall
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Viento Fresco Waterfall ©
Viento Fresco Waterfall
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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