15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Toronto
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  9​h 30​min
1
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
taxi + ferry:  3​h 45​min
3
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Monteverde
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Toronto

2
nights
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 16th (Thu): stop by Lydia Beech Art. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Park, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip maker .

Toronto, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. 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. In August, Tamarindo is somewhat warmer than Toronto - with highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours Outdoors Spas

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Spas & Wellness

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 19th (Sun): stroll through Playa Hermosa.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa road trip planning app .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

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 20th (Mon): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then kick back and relax at Uvita Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and finally stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Uvita route planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Santa Teresa to Uvita takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Dominical
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at River Rafting & Tubing and Rainmaker Park. Visiting Playa Biesanz and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip planner .

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Rainmaker Park
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Butterfly Conservatory. Step off the beaten path and head to Ecocentro Danaus and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online travel 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 on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
River Rafting & Tubing

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, stop by Hummingbird Gallery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Monteverde trip planning site .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. You'll set off for home on the 30th (Thu).

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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