15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Santiago
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  18​h
1
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Santiago

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.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Chiquita and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica and Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online trip itinerary builder .

Santiago, Chile to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Santiago in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, with highs around 30°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 30°C. On the 3rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Cahuita
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Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica ©
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Butterfly Conservatory and Ecocentro Danaus. Escape the urban bustle at Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Venado Caves. The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, head outdoors with Salto, and take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

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Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
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 (Thu): stroll through Playa Biesanz and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio vacation planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In June, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Nature & Wildlife Tours
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 (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Hacienda Baru and then take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Uvita trip website .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Hacienda Baru
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

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 11th (Mon): meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Monteverde attractions planner.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

1
night
Playas del Coco

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Hidden Garden Art Gallery and then stroll through Playa Hermosa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: expand your horizons at Playa Hermosa Turismo Rural Comunitario and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Playas del Coco trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Monteverde to Playas del Coco in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Hidden Garden Art Gallery
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Shark Diving
Hidden Garden Art Gallery ©
Hidden Garden Art Gallery

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