15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Montreal
Fly + taxi:  9​h 15​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
shuttle + bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
Nosara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Playas del Coco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
Montreal

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): look for gifts at Meli Melo Boutique.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio itinerary planner.

Montreal, Canada to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Montreal in September, with highs in Manuel Antonio at 31°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): trek along Ecocentro Danaus, look for all kinds of wild species at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and then take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, then get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), and then Head underground at Venado Caves.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos attractions planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

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Arenal Volcano National Park
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Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Chiquita and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In October in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Nosara.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

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Nature Observatorio, Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica
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Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica ©
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

1
day
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nosara sightseeing website .

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Nosara by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Nosara, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 26°C in Nosara. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Nosara

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Barrigona Beach
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Spas & Wellness

3
days
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.
Get outdoors at Zipline and Shark Diving. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Ocotal and Playa Hermosa. The adventure continues: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Playas del Coco sightseeing planner .

Drive from Nosara to Playas del Coco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Playas del Coco sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Wildlife

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

2
days
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 (Thu): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip builder .

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Tamarindo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

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Playa Flamingo
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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