15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  18​h 30​min
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Uvita
— 2 nights
bus + shuttle:  3​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  11​h
End: Kansas City

2
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa Chiquita and Nature Observatorio. Step out of the city life by going to Playa Cocles and Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. Step out of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca with an excursion to Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica in Cahuita--about 40 minutes away. There's more to do: admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

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Kansas City, USA to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Kansas City in December, things will get much hotter in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca: highs are around 76°F and lows about 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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Cahuita, Nature Observatorio
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Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) and Ecocentro Danaus. There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, and head outdoors with Salto.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos journey planner.

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 to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

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Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

1
night
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 7th (Fri): experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and then kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary 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. In December, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Uvita.

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Spas & Wellness

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Magic Ananda, enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, then take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and finally look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Uvita day trip app .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 10th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Uvita

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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): stop by Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then stroll through The Bat Jungle.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde holiday tool .

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Monteverde

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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Zipline

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 (Thu): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco.

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You can drive from Monteverde to Playas del Coco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in December, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Adventure, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
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Shark Diving
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©

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